Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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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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  • tripsandfood55
    London, United Kingdom4,458 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Closed when prayers take place - worth visiting
    Blue Mosque (AKA The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii). Constructed between 1609 and 1616 and located next to the Hagia Sophia mosque. Used by many for daily prayers and home to the tomb of Ahmed I (Sultan of the Ottoman Empire) . Free to enter and worth a visit to view it's amazing mosque architecture. Note - It is closed when prayers take place.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Mary R
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,061 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Blue Mosque
    The serene and beautiful Blue Mosque echoes the memories of the years of religious dedication that have helped preserve its unique history. Inside the domes the glorious colors of stained glass reflect sunlight in a million different rainbow patterns, with the lovely tulip tiles adding to the stunning design. Here it is easy to reflect and ponder the passing of time and the meaning of life. The outside architecture with the six striking minarets is a photographer's dream--all eyes will be drawn to this amazing construction rising from the landscape. There is a separate entrance and area for visitors versus those who are entering to pray. This is another must-see destination in fascinating Istanbul.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • David G
    Lewes, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm even when busy
    Well worth a visit, peaceful even when crowded. Absolutely beautiful. There is a small team who will answer questions on the mosque and Islam in general and you can even get a free copy of the Koran. There was a line but it moved fast and they will lend you cover-up clothing if you haven't come prepared. A contemplative shelter from the sun. It closes for prayer times. Top tip is the toilets are also very nice and unlike the public ones in the square you don't need an Istanbul card to use them!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • top-trippers
    Bolton, United Kingdom621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful inside and out
    This World-Heritage listed Istanbul ‘must do’ has been on my ‘bucket list’ for years. Whilst we had been underwhelmed by the Hagia Sopia, the Blue Mosque exceeded our expectations. The iconic domed architecture is beautiful and the legends about its design (in particular the six minarets) is fascinating. Lovely photos of the exterior can be taken from the adjacent Sultanahmet Park. As soon as you set foot inside, you will be mesmerised by the sunlight streaming through the stained glass, casting glorious rainbow patterns, and by the beauty of the thousands of glazed Iznik wall tiles hand-painted in various shades of blue and white, mainly featuring tulip designs. Despite the mosque’s size and the crowds, the atmosphere was quiet and serene. Tips. Expect queues - whilst these move quickly, they do build up during the day so it is best to go early. Avoid midday and afternoon prayer times during which the mosque is closed to tourists. You need to follow mosque etiquette (arms and legs to be covered; ladies musts also cover their head with a scarf; shoes to be removed). As it currently stands you don’t need more than 30 minutes inside and I wouldn’t bother with a guide.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Martin B
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful buildings in the world
    We've travelled the world a bit and seen quite a few of these most beautiful architectural gems, but the Sultanahmet Mosque is in the top three for us. The downside is the crowds of people, but what to do.... Once I was there in winter - it was almost empty. It might be worth a try. It's also a pity that you can hardly see it from a greater distance from outside. The trees around it have gotten so tall that they obscure it a lot, you can only take pictures from very close up. Anyway, both from outside and inside it is impressive and beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • rfamily9
    Acworth, Georgia1,619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    It’s a rather lengthy line to get in but we’ll worth the wait. Inside you’ll see thousands of blue Iznik tiles on the interior walls. They depict traditional Ottoman patterns of flowers, fruits and more. You can also see the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I. Also visitors must cover knees, shoulders and upper arms. Women must cover hair! Absolutely worth the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • TrueIndian
    212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Sight
    Also called Sultan Ahmad Mosque. Has a big dome and six minarets. Free Entry. Visitors queue from the entry gate. However, I saw a lot of visitors entering from the exit gate as there was no queue. No one was preventing entry from the exit gate. Free toilets available Entry is stopped during the service as this is a functioning mosque. Check the service timings before going. One of the three services in the day is at 1.15 PM and is for one hour Garment regulation applies and women have to wear scarf and cover the legs and arms. Scarf and dress supplied on site with out any charge. Shoes have to be removed before entry. Shoes have to be carried with you to be kept on the shoe stands inside. If you are worried about shoe theft, carry an empty bag with you to carry the shoes. There are 10 steep steps on entry. No wheel chair was available. The visitors remain on the ground floor and not allowed to go to higher floors. First floor has blue tiles which give this mosque the name of Blue mosque. Also a big area on ground flooor is cordoned off. There is no seating inside. People sit on the carpet on the floor and some sit on the wooden shoe stands. After spending some time inside visitors come out in the courtyard where there are good picture opportunity. Pictures and videos are allowed. Since every visitor to Istanbul will visit this mosque, expect long queues and crowd inside so it is better to go early. Time required approximately 30 minutes excluding the time spent in the queue.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Bill S
    Grand Rapids, Minnesota246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible, and a little sad
    How can a person not be overwhelming impressed with this magnificent structure? It’s beyond words to try to explain it. One of the most impressive structures I have ever been in, right up there with the Eiffel Tower, Westminster Abbey, and Machu Picchu. But I watched a man, a visitor, videoing himself while praying. Hmmm… what is more impressive? The one I’m praying to or the building I’m doing it in? That event caused me to lose my respect for an edifice built with man’s hands.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • PHILIP D
    London, United Kingdom109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose your timing
    Originally went early in the morning (about 09:00) and found the queue unbelievably long with an hour + wait and I suspect very busy inside.so we went away and came back again just before 22:00 that evening - not even a queue just walked straight in. Once inside it’s an amazing building with a very “special atmosphere”. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • SteveB
    Paignton, United Kingdom1,199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see mosque
    This was absolutely stunning and worth the trip to Instanbul in itself. The tiles and architecture are masterpieces and you can not help but to be in awe of its beauty and the devotion and skill of those that built and adorned it. The queues can get quite long here as well to get to the tourist entrance but I assure you it is worth the wait! Top tips: Ladies take a head covering/scarf or you can borrow them from the mosque and if you take a bag it's easier to put your shoes in and keep them with you rather then return to collect them. As expected the cafes in the main near the mosques do not serve alcohol but do very nice lemonades, fresh juices and of course Turkish teas and coffee. A must visit indeed👍
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
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itravel71
Singapore, Singapore242 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Battling the chilly winds and rain, we queued up about 15min to visit this mosque. The exterior compound was heavy with scaffoldings as a major reno is going on. Likewise inside the mosque, reno works are also underway with major coverings over the ceilings and walls of the interior. You can still see some portions of the blue tileworks and it remains a functioning mosque for muslim worshippers. We can’t wait to come again after all major reno works are done.
Written 6 January 2020
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Wennie W
Singapore, Singapore860 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Went on Friday morning but closed in mornings and had to go back at 2.30pm when open to public. Queued for 25mins as long line and mosque closes again at 3.30pm for prayers so we were pushed and rushed through the line and everyone was in a hurry and pressure to take off shoes , grab a plastic bag and go into the mosque. Unfortunately so much of it is under restoration the entire experience inside is disappointing and as non Muslims we only were able to explore a limited area. Altogether was less than 15mins inside. We found suleimaniye mosque to be far better and lovelier experience. Go there instead.
Written 25 January 2020
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satorigal
Marion, NC298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Under construction and difficult to see much of the famous mosque. I had paid for a private tour for 4 which was pricy and included the Hagia Sophia, and had to pay any entrance fees etc. which was unexpected. The Hagia Sophia was worthwhile as the guide's expertise in the history was astounding, but the mosque has most the dome covered. It isn't blue inside as it shows in the photos, perhaps the lighting is no longer used. There is some blue in the mosaic overhead and the walls and carpet (blue flowers are considered flowers of heaven) but most of it was lackluster. Construction may continue for a long period according to our guide as funds are diverted to build new mosques by the current government.
Written 10 January 2020
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eljp
London, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Blue Mosque is a must visit if you are in Istanbul, the architecture and colours in the interior are beautiful. However, what made the experience not as enjoyable is the crowds of people trying to get in. People were actually pushing each other to enter the mosque which I thought was very disrespectful, considering it is a place of worship. It would work better if the mosque limited the amount of people queuing per day or did a ticket system to those who are visiting as a tourist.
Written 8 July 2020
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Nicolas C
Limassol City, Cyprus921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The whole area transmits a blue mood, in a good way. Naked trees, black birds in the gardens area, minarets circling the mosque, and an architecture design that gives the mosque an artistic dark vibe.

We arrived on the morning of a cloudy day and were impressed by the size and royalty of the building.

Tips: There are hundreds of benches on the outside area of the Mosque where you can stand and take amazing selfies.

If you happen to be there on prayer time, you should expect the doors to be closed. Better ask for those times prior getting there so that you will be able to go on the inside of the mosque as well.
Written 26 January 2020
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flywithlola
Central Argentina, Argentina1,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I was expecting a complete blue mosque and was kind of sad when I realized it isn´t and that the pictures I´ve seen before where totally edited.
Of course the architecture is amazing, but many parts are in restoration. Also it is so crowded inside that is kind of difficult to spend time and watch freely. I think some measures taken would add in terms of security. If something happens, the door to go out is pretty small. People in general are very disrespectufl of a religious place and speak aloud.
Honestly: great architecture; not so great ambiance.
Take into account that it is mandatory to take off your shoes (a disposable bag will be provided for your stuff) and that you must have your shoulders and legs properly covered.
Written 13 April 2020
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ketchuprequired
Calgary, Canada332 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We told our girls how beautiful this mosque was, having visited 20 years ago. But as of January 2020, the renovations cover much of the interior and the central area. It really was not worth standing in line for. Later, we visited Suleymaniye Mosque and this was much better at this time for seeing the tiles and the dome. Go early in the morning when it opens at 8:30 if you want to avoid waiting in line and crowds.
Written 10 January 2020
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Richard Foo
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very Excited when arrived at Istanbul. Looking forward for a nice picture at Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia but it is under renovation. Part of exterior and half of interior are blocked with high scaffolding and pvc sheet. The Structural and Architectural are amazing. The craftsmanship of the detailing is really unique. Luckily we have our local tour guide (Erdem Eryilmaz) to explain and unfold to us the historical details and how the interior was constructed. Will definitely stopover at Istanbul in my next Europe trip.
Written 6 January 2020
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TessmacTraveller
Fernie, Canada236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had heard that it wasn't worth visiting the Blue Mosque as it is under restoration. This is absolutely not the case. Yes, large parts are under renovation yet they are doing a marvellous job of maintaining the beauty and the feel of the mosque while this extensive work is underway. The mosque is absolutely spectacular and even with the renovation you get a good feel for it's magnificence.

Not only do you get to see a wonder of art and construction but you are also invited in to a holy place of a world religion. I am grateful to the congregation of the Blue Mosque for providing the opportunity to visit their place of worship. There is no entry fee but you can make a donation on the way out the door.
Written 21 January 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This beautiful building is right next to Aya Sofya. If you are on a conducted tour, you will probably see these two, one after another, as the buildings are so near each other. Talking of conducted tours, I would strongly advise you to take one, a guide can explain things and answer questions. Our local agent, Efendi Travels, organised a guide for us. You really need someone to enlighten you, on the spot! This building is a photo buff's delight, it is so beautiful. Both inside and outside. The blue tiles covering almost all the surfaces inside give the mosque its name. There are six minarets surrounding the mosque, these are photo gems in their own right. This mosque was built over a thousand years after Aya Sofya, hence it is not as historically important as the former. But, nevertheless, it is such a beautiful building, it would be a shame to miss it. A word of warning: this is a functioning mosque, unlike Aya Sofya. Hence, it is closed for prayers, several times a day, to tourists. All the more reason to have a guide to see this place. The guide would know when to go, and what to see.
Written 16 February 2020
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