Mosques traditionally had a maximum of four minarets,
the holiest mosque in the world, the Harem Mosque in Mecca with six being the
exception . Ahmet was thought sacrilegious in his
attempt to compete with Mecca
In his defence he claimed his mosque has six
minarets in a mix up over instructions to his architect.
Ahmet requested 'gold' minarets and the architect understood he wanted
'six' minarets, the words being similar enough to believe it was a
Whatever the truth the Sultan had to send his
architect to Mecca to add a seventh minaret to the Harem Mosque.
The architect, Sedefkar Mehemet Aga died the year after the completion
of his masterpiece