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Blue Mosque

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Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet
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
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Today
08:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 14:30
15:30 - 16:45
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Hours:
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
Description:

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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Very clean and big. The water for ablution in winter is freezing. The security for tourist is very good and people who take care of the Mosque is doing a good job to keep this... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Very clean and big. The water for ablution in winter is freezing. The security for tourist is very good and people who take care of the Mosque is doing a good job to keep this Mosque as organize as possible.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It stays in the center of old town, opposite to Hagi Sofia. Must see place,like,Topkapi palace, Dolmabahce Palace or Taksim in İstanbul. This mosque has 6 minaret and it's the only 6 minaret mosque of that period. It reflects the,architectural point of view and how architecture works with amazing and gigantic works for that period(16th century). You can visit the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were able only to visit the Mosque atrium and it was amazing, because of the stunning architecture, but there are certain visit times and you can visit inside, avoid Fridays.

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Fantastic place to visit, providing you show respect to Islamic tradition, all tourists are more than welcome. The decorated interior is amazing to behold.

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Absolutely gorgeous! I just loved going there. It's a must-see if you are planning to go visit Istanbul or if you had only one day there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a real wonder of the ottoman empire , you cant miss the place when in istanbul with . worth to visit to admire the great architectural work of the muslim empire

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Landmark historical place, when people think Istanbul first think comes on mind is Blue Mosque. Beautiful architecture. You cannot wear Shoes/Slippers inside and they help u by giving a plastic to carry. No modern dress allowed so be careful in dressing. If you have the guide, he shall explain you the reasons for building the mosque and other useful informations.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazingly beautiful mosque. Really loved it, it was amazing, visited it many times. Definitely recommended. Will revisit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When I visit a mosque I like time to just sit and get a feel for the place. The decoration is amazing and it would be great to wander around for an hour or so but the constant tramp of visitors makes it impossible. We also got a lot of hassle outside with 'tour guides' who wanted to show us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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Sultanahmet
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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