Sultan Ahmet Tomb
Sultan Ahmet Tomb
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK5,864 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
The Sultan Ahmet Tomb in Istanbul, located near the famed Blue Mosque, is a less visited attraction compared to others. This resting place of Sultan Ahmet I, renowned for commissioning the Blue Mosque, offers a poignant glimpse into Ottoman architectural elegance at a smaller scale to mosques. The tomb’s exterior, modest yet dignified, belies the richly adorned interior. Inside, exquisite Iznik tiles and intricate calligraphy create an atmosphere of solemn beauty. It stands as a testament to the Sultan's legacy, blending history with art, making it a must-visit for those seeking a deeper understanding of Istanbul's imperial past.
Written December 15, 2023
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,057 contributions
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Jan 2020
I did not stay here long. The guide said go over there and it was cramped space. I peeked only. But it is a significant place as the sultan's burial site at the Sultanahmet park. It is inside the building (palace). It takes five or ten minutes to visit to honor him.
Written February 21, 2020
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Adib Farid
Sao Paulo, SP1,412 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
Once you in the Sultan Ahmet place, it is a must to visit the tomb where al the Otoman sultans are buried!
Beautiful construction and impressed pkacw!
Written January 31, 2020
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,255 contributions
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Jun 2019
Opposite the Blue Mosque is the Türbe of Sultanahmet. It is very unusual how this young man, during his 27 years of life and 14 years of the reign, was able to make himself that famous.

Of course, the genius of his architect Dalgıç Ahmed Ağa who built this shrine and Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa the architect of the Blue Mosque also contributes to this, since the Sultan only ordered and provided the financial backup for these projects, but the idea was the Sultan's even if the results are praising the architects.
When we entered the building, an unexpected sight surprised us. We were expecting one tomb, but a forest of blue, tent-like structures welcomed us. Sultanahmet's coffin is here, of course, but so is his wife, Kossem's tomb, who in the harem was strangled. Who and why did it? There was no life insurance to belong to the Sultan's family, as Sultan Murat IV, one of his sons who resided here, also killed Prince Beyazıt, another son, to secure his place on the throne. I do not know the correct relationship to Sultanahmet I. all of the inhabitants of the countless blue tent-shaped tombstones, but they were his children and grandchildren as I guess, but one thing is sure, that not all of them departed by natural death.
In between the walls, beautifully decorated by Iznik tiles, the murderers and their victims are resting side by side in peace, offering a fantastic sight. I am not in the position to criticize medieval Turkish customs since the European ruling houses also committed some murders in the name of God, and nowadays, the only change is that they are now using character murder. So, putting aside all my aversions, I immersed myself in the delight of the magnificent Islamic art.
Written October 16, 2019
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KPR1955
Deeside, UK1,850 contributions
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May 2019 • Solo
I visited here whilst in the general area, the entrance is free and as in all muslim sacred sites you must remove your shoes and be respectfully dressed.
I found it a little sad that this was also a memorial to the common practice of Fraticide that ensured the person on the throne would not be challenged in any way by immediate relatives. The size of some of the coffins was so sad.
Inside the building it is absolutely beautiful. Well decorated using calligraphy, floral compositions on tiles, sacred verses inscriptions, it is indeed a place of reverence.
The tomb is easy to find being to the side of the park that runs between the Blue Mosque and Ayia Sofia.
Written June 14, 2019
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Slackila Ali
Singapore, Singapore668 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Friends
Firstly this place is free but closed on Monday. You will be asked to carry your footwear in the plastic bag given and need to cover your head as well. This is the Tomb of a great Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and there are also some of his other relatives buried beside him. Really peaceful and a great place to enjoy the marvelous Turkish architecture.
Written November 30, 2018
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Lugano22
Lausanne, Switzerland3,049 contributions
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Nov 2019
Sultan Ahmet tomb is located on the north side of the site facing Sultanahmet Park. They are 5 sultans who are in this stunning palace. The tombs date from as early as 1574 and make extraordinary use of tile work, calligraphy, and paintwork. Very impressive and historic place.
Written December 16, 2019
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jmeem42016
Dee Why, Australia771 contributions
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Jun 2019
I was expecting to find just the one tomb within this rather small building but after removing your shoes, you enter a large room (essentially the whole building) filled with triangular coffins containing male and female Ahmets who were all members of the Sultan's family. You don't have any description of how or why they died but supposedly some of his brothers were murdered to insure they wouldn't try to replace him. Many of the tombs are small, obviously children, some being very small. There is no entrance fee and the tomb is easy to find as it is adjacent to the Blue Mosque.
Written August 8, 2019
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Nicole B
Porto Alegre, RS982 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Family
This is a small tomb around the coffins of Sultan Ahmet and his retinue. A lot of child/baby tombs from a time when fratricide was a common ritual upon arising to the throne. Interesting building. Free.
Written June 7, 2019
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Divya7
Chennai (Madras), India246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
From a design point of view this is a stunning place. You get to see the embroidery on the tomb covers and the details of the tile work up close and personal. The truth behind the place can be sad and haunting.
Written October 1, 2023
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