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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1319
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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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Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1319
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

The Blue mosque is famous for it's blue tiled interior around the world. The mosque was built in the early 1600s with six minarets (more than any other in the Muslim world at the time) during the short span of only five years. Remember this...More

Thank junde01
Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

Title pretty much says it, inside is decorated in blue. The building looks better outside and especially at sundown. I understand it is a place of worship and we were just passing through but I just had a sense of nothing really. Considering the beauty...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 8 June 2015

Amazing place and outstanding architecture. If you are Muslim then I would recommend going there and pray Salat at least once.

Thank Eva K
Reviewed 8 June 2015

A beautiful building and a must see if visiting Istanbul. The religious beliefs and traditions must be respected when visiting the mosque.

Thank Jane01092014
Reviewed 8 June 2015

This is the 2nd mosque I have been to after Ajmer. It is beautiful inside with all blue tiles. I appreciated the fact that a dress code is there for a religious place to keep a level of sanity. Covered legs, arms and head is...More

Thank Seemagoves
Reviewed 8 June 2015

Is a must when you are in Istambul very nice traditional place, lots of cafes and turistics sites all around. the area is super nice to walk around

Thank Steven Gocaes G
Reviewed 8 June 2015

Visited with a guide which is a good thing as you get a better explanation of protocols etc.Really great building and Tiles etc. Take a bag for your shoes and ladies buy a nice scarf at a Bazaar rather than wear the ones they hand...More

Thank TeKinga
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Lovely atmosphere. The mosque is well prepared for visitors with spare clothing available free f charge for the improperly dressed. It is open for prayers during tourist visits so not always open We tried three times to get in before finally succeeding.

Thank AlliT14
Reviewed 7 June 2015

The lines for the Blue Mosque were crazy when we visited on May 2, but were better by the time of the last entry. I am so glad we made it. This is a truly gorgeous mosque - the tile work is stunning. I found...More

Thank TulipFan
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Enjoyed the visit. Very beautiful tiles. This is a mosque, to cover shoulders and knees. Women need a scarf. Scarves/skirt wraps are provided as you go in. You will have to remove your shoes, and a plastic bag is provided to carry them around.

Thank marciac269
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
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14 May 2017|
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Response from 820qamar | Reviewed this property |
I think your find the bedroom View a bit difficult find.restaurant views on the rooftop of many restaurants and hotels to find very beautiful but at a cost many hotels with the view of The Blue Mosque highlighted in the... More
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6 March 2017|
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Response from patriciabibu | Reviewed this property |
La visite est gratuite
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Response from Ayesha K | Reviewed this property |
Yes 5. You can find the timings online, most likely. During salat times tourists aren't permitted unless going to pray. Non muslims permitted to tour only during non prayer times.