Saturday, October 21, 2006

Visiting the Blue Mosque

This is my month for new religious experiences. I sat on the floor again. But this time it was not because there were too many people, but because that's what you do. And, it was a lovely carpeted floor, not a cold stone one.

I went to the Blue Mosque during prayers today. With a few other tourists, wearing scarves and not wearing shoes, we got to share in the service. There were many, many non-tourist worshippers. The men were in the center area and the women were in their area along the back wall.

The Mosque is breathtakingly beautiful. It has 260 windows. The red and blue colors inside are so stunning, it is hard to stop looking at the walls and domes.

This time, there was no way to discreetingly take pictures during the service. I waited until prayers were over and most people had left.

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