Found project: Blue Mosque


    Project : Blue Mosque

    Language variant : Mavi Camii

    Architect : Agha, Mehmed

    Completion: 1616

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Ottoman architecture

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    Description :

    At Constantinople

    Young Achmet the Sultan ariseth to-day,
    The strengh of his sickness hath passed away;
    No longer he feareth the might of his foes,
    Nor is there aught living to mar his repose.

    Young Achmet the Sultan with power hath crowned him,
    And his will is the fate of the slaves that surround him;
    There is gold for his telling, there’s pomp to his beguile,
    And beauty that liveth alone in his smile.

    What aileth him then that he sitteth alone,
    And breaketh the stillness of night with his groan?
    There is fear in his soul which no pride can gainsay;
    There is blood on his hands which will not pass away!

    “I have sinned,” said young Achmet, “but I will atone
    For my sin by erecting a temple of stone;
    E’en the mosque of the Prophet at Mecca shall yield,
    And Santa Sophia to this I will build!”

    “Four pillars gigantic the whole shall uphold,
    With gates of brass, glorious and costly as gold;
    And above shall domes, semidomes, cupolas rise,
    With six slender minarets piercing the skies!”
    The Mufti came up to young Achmet with speed,
    Saying, “Sultan, what is it that thou hast decreed?
    The mosque of the Prophet, thou know’st, hath but four –
    Would’st thou raise on this temple two minarets more!”

    “Go fetch in the Hadjee!” the Sultan replied,
    “Who came in from Mecca but last eventide! –
    Now tell us the minaret’s number,” said he,
    “Of the great mosque at Mecca – twice two, or twice three?”

    The Hadjee bowed low, and he said he could fix
    Without question the number; the number was six;
    He had counted them often, morn, noonday, and night,
    Six tall, slender minarets piercing the light!

    The Mufti aroused in great anger, and swore
    By his beard, that the minarets were only four:
    He had seen them himself; he had counted them oft;
    Four crescent-tipped minarets shooting aloft!

    Twelve months and a day went the slow caravan
    O’er the desart, the Mufti still placed in the van;
    And still every day by the Prophet he swore,
    That at Mecca the minarets were only four!

    At length the day came when the pilgrims should spy
    At distance the minarets piercing the sky:
    The Mufti rode first on a fleet-footed steed,
    And the pilgrims pressed after with new-wakened speed.

    Why standeth the Mufti like one all aghast!
    What vision of terror before him hath passed!
    He seeth the mosque – he hath counted them o’er –
    “Allah Kerim! Six minarets! – Once there were four!”

    Mary Howitt, The Mosque of Sultan Achmet, in: The poetical works of Howitt, Milman, and Keats, complete in one volume, Thomas Cowperthwait & CO, Philadelphia, 1840, pp. 207-208.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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