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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 4 days ago

Not much more to say, than to watch this breathtaking monument. Take two hours of your time for this visit.

Thank ZeBanaco
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fajr call for prayers approx 4:45am and congregational prayers at approx 5:15 am as of the date of this post.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Brilliant to see how the Ottaman Empire spent a huge amount of resources in its building and architecture for Islam

Thank Lavangee123
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really beautiful both inside, with tiled walls and stained windows, and outside with nice gardens. Need to dress conservatively, cover your head if female and remove your shoes but definitely worth it!

Thank LS3005
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is massive, free entry and scarf for women and for men with shorts provided. Lovely and a great place to visit.

Thank AlenB
Reviewed 6 days ago

The mosaics are beautiful. I just stood in the middle and looked up and around and thought about the history and the spirit of the mosque. We stood in a line of about 15 minutes to enter. We were given a bag to put our...More

Thank DKemp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mosque is absolutely stunning! I visited it during the Asar prayers, it was quite exciting to see everyone coming together to pray. If you're looking for tranquility, this is your go to place. I was a little hesitant before entering the mosque since I...More

Thank lizardqueen09
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mosque is blue mosque because it has interior made of blue tiles, blue paintings, and vlue mosaic. A sacred place of muslims with religious value so suggested that you respect the place. One is supposed to cover their legs, shoulder and head before entering...More

Thank Khushbu187
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place,u must visit this place, every one is welcome. Make a prayer a for us all when you are there, that is what it is for.

Thank Mohammed S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mosque is just stunning from the inside and out! The tile work and stained glass is not to be missed!

Thank Faisal M
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
asad m
6 March 2017|
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Response from patriciabibu | Reviewed this property |
La visite est gratuite
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riaz b
4 March 2017|
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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.