Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • GRTraveller
    Heraklion, Greece549 contributions
    Must visit!
    Even If I couldn’t go inside I felt the goosebumps by looking this amazing mosque. Definitely worth to visit. Is a gem for Istanbul! Highly recommend to visit it night time too. Located in sultanahmet square with Hagia Sophia opposite side.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 February 2023
  • MatthewASharp
    Torquay, United Kingdom1,980 contributions
    Shame u can't get access inside
    Would have been 5 stars if u could get in. No online information either as to why and how long the renovations are taking Instead. Walk around the outside to see many other architectural wonders and soak in the beauty of The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, which was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Michael U
    Las Vegas, Nevada43,720 contributions
    The outside is better than what is inside.
    Sultan Ahmed Mosque, AKA Sultanahmet Camii, AKA The Blue Mosque is an Ottoman-era imperial mosque known for its blue tiled dome and popular location in old Istanbul. Constructed between 1609 and 1616 the space resides near Ayasofya and draws an equally large crowd throughout the day. Currently under construction through mid-2023 access is limited but it is really the exterior that matters anyhow for fans of architecture.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Anthony J
    Turre, Spain113 contributions
    Blue Mosque
    We had heard this was closed for renovation but, perhaps because it was eid, we saw people going in as we were looking at the outside of this amazing building. We followed the small crowd and after stowing our shoes in the shelves at the entrance were able to appreciate the beauty of this mosque. A highlight of our Istanbul visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • andycoldham
    Crawley, United Kingdom906 contributions
    The most beautiful mosque in Istanbul.
    In my opinion this the most beautiful mosque in Istanbul, both from the outside and the inside. Partly covered by scaffolding which is a shame but repairs have to be made, so it's a fact of life. Like most attractions in Istanbul be prepared for long queues to get in, and my top tip is to get to whatever your chosen venue is, as earliest as possible, because by mid day and beyond the queues are ridiculous.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Lynx L
    Stockholm, Sweden11 contributions
    impressive building..great so so
    active place of worship with a long line to get in. u can borrow headscarves at the entrance for women (men?) then it's just a big room with a huge lamp in the middle. not much to see but impressive building. max worth 10 min wait..
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Suzanne R
    61 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful, must visit
    We were lucky enough to visit soon after the mosque had reopened following a major refurbishment. It was a busy time of year in Istanbul, however queues at the Blue Mosque weren’t bad at all (max 5 mins) and it wasn’t too crowded inside meaning you could find some space to look up and around and appreciate the colours, designed, peace. It’s free to visit and head scarves are available at the door, making it easy and accessible
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Surrey 13
    London, United Kingdom1,139 contributions
    A fabulous place to visit
    The Blue Mosque is absolutely breathtaking. The colours, the lights, the mosaics are wonderful. You need to take your shoes off and women need to wear a headscarf . It is also very busy and getting out of the exit takes some time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Greg C
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma489 contributions
    Blue Mosque Istanbul Türkiye
    Amazing site to see. Everyone is welcome, and it's free. If you need a head cover, they provide you one free as well. Must remove shoes which is respectful. Beautiful open Mosque. Check the times available for non-Muslim as it is an active Mosque. Sits in old Town Istanbul Türkiye within walking distance of Hagia Sofia ( Free) Turkish bath, Topkapi Palace (small fee). Easy to spend 4-5 hours in area. Right off tram, which is easy to use. Go early before 10 or after 5 to avoid long lines from tour groups.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • MaruBV
    Mexico City, Mexico221 contributions
    Breathtaking
    An amazing place. Being my first trip to Istanbul I visited the Sultanahmed mosque (blue mosque is just the name tourists gave it) with a guide. We arrived around 9 am and we entered immediately. The place is just breathtaking. A must see in Istanbul.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 June 2023
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CHARLES A
Kaiserslautern, Germany236 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed entering the mosque. They are very accommodating as long as you cooperate with basic requirements. It was free.
Written 21 February 2024
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dorisy2016
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Apparently you can walk in even during the late evening — there was a sign noting it was for prayer but everyone went in, took off their shoes and covered their hair and then just took photos. This was 7pm at night. They seem to close late at night however, upon walking by at 10pm the doors were shut and no one seemed to be around. Just walk in and be respectful and quiet if you see that it is open.
Written 20 February 2024
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Kevin B
Warrington, UK13 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
A beautiful building to visit and admire.
Not the easiest to access if you are disabled, but there are many willing hands to help you.
One of the few places in Istanbul that is still free to enter.
Written 11 February 2024
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Amber W
Charleston, SC366 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This was my second time here and the first was 2020 while they were doing some renovations and you couldn't see ceiling so it was a real treat to be able to see it this time.
Written 5 February 2024
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Passport722141
5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing. The nicest Mosque in Istanbul by far. And free of charge. A must see and even better early in the morning to avoid lines.
Written 4 February 2024
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ellieitalia
Sheffield, UK153 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Went as part of a small tour having been to Hagia Sofia first.

Really interesting to hear the history of this Mosque and to see the beautiful decoration inside.

There are so many stunning views of the Blue Mosque. It looks pink at night.
Written 4 February 2024
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brida536
London, UK131 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Free Entry to a Centuries old Mosque, which was a beautiful and spectacular sight. A lot of stairs and be aware you must take your shoes off. Surprised how may visitors didn’t realise that. I have bad knees and managed it, so give it a go. The Call to Prayer is lovely experience and worth sitting outside for a listen.
Written 3 February 2024
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Jan 2024 • Couples
The fantastic Ottoman and it is one of the beautiful creatures, I strongly advice to everyone whoever wants to visit this lovely historical place in the heart of Istanbul.
I was very satisfied with the atmosphere, felt the all chill inside of me, thank god and my ancestors that we have this miracle.
Written 1 February 2024
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Dave
11 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Pretty Mosque. It is very nice from the inside. The outside is under construction so it could not really be appreciated.
Written 31 January 2024
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Elise
Wellingborough, UK43 contributions
Nov 2023
This has been on my bucket list for a while, and I'm thrilled to have been able to tick it off! I wasn't disappointed, it was amazing to have the opportunity to go inside and see the wonder of the place, the architectural detail and the ambience of the place.
Written 30 January 2024
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