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Blue Mosque

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As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 25 other guides
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Address: Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 518 1319
13:30 - 15:30
Closed now
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Fri 13:30 - 15:30
Sat - Thu 08:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 14:30
15:30 - 16:45
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why is it...

Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why is it called "Blue Mosque?" There are two stories: the first, more common one is that the interior is covered in Blue İznik tiles. The second is: Many years ago, ancient sailors who sailed by the mosque on the Marmara Sea saw the blue colors of the sea reflected in the mosque.

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Exquisite experience

Do not miss the blue mosque! It is stunning and well-worth the trip. And it is free! Some tips: - the mosque closes to visitors before, during, and after call to prayer... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do not miss the blue mosque! It is stunning and well-worth the trip. And it is free! Some tips: - the mosque closes to visitors before, during, and after call to prayer. Since the times vary slightly each day, check the signs out front for the most updated information. - wear shoes with socks or take socks with you (since... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The blue mosque was a great visit aesthetically speaking-it is architecturally beautiful, but It was June and I did not appreciate having to put on a robe with hijab attached over my clothes. Everyone was sweaty and gross walking around and it was weird because people were worshipping in the meantime.

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the effort of removing shoes. The mosaics are increbidly beautiful. Take note of the architectural details.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The blue mosque is Istanbuls biggest mosque so while you're there I recommend taking a lot.... Also since its for free. As a woman think about wearing wide pants or a long skirt and maybe take a scarf for your head if you don't wanna wear the ones they give you. Knees, shoulders and hair must be covered! Also everyone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Rich in history and beautiful architecture... Well design tiles and painted over the walls... Main mosque built during the Ottoman Empire, well planned and designed...

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is truly a unique building, which has a huge architectural value. It was built by the order of the Turkish Sultan Ahmed I, who for a long time could not win a single war, and Turkey began to surrender its positions. In order to win God's mercy, the Sultan began the construction of his whole life. The Blue Mosque... More 

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Klang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Inside is stunningly beautiful. The chandeliers and the wall arts something else in the world to compare with.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easily one of the most striking examples of a practicing mosque, I highly recommend visiting (between prayer hours) and experiencing the grandeur of the building. It doesn't take long to visit, so it's worth the trip.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The blue mosque did not impress me.Staff was very rude and unpleasant.Also not pleasant smell inside the mosque.I had to get out afer 5 minutes spent in the mosque

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Im not interested in very much cause im not a fan of these kind of things but its worth to see. An Islamic architecture with a very high roofs designed with Islamic art.

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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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