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Friday prayers

Edmonton, Canada
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Friday prayers

Hi I will be in Istanbul on march 14th, we would like to go to Friday prayer. Where is the best place to go? We will be staying close to French street. Also what other places can we visit that day? Is there certain places that are closed? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Istanbul, Turkey
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1. Re: Friday prayers


I think the best place for the Fiday prayers is Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet. Hope this helps.


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2. Re: Friday prayers

Unlike other Muslim countries Friday is not considered as a day off in Turkey. The working week is the same as your country therefore life is as usual on Friday.

The weekend is saturday and sunday however apart from banks and government offices being shut all touristic places remain open with the exception of the 2 bazaars being closed on Sunday.

You will be staying on Cezayir Street and have a mosque that is a 5 minute walk which is known as Cukurcuma camii by the locals however its actual name is Muhyiddin Molla Fenari Camii.

It is a small & old mosque and gets full very quickly for salat so arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the azan. http://goo.gl/maps/Ljg91

I personally prefer praying Friday salat at Suleymaniye or Fatih mosque.

Taxi to Suleymaniye will be around 10-15 lira


Taxi to Fatih will be around 15-20 lira


Sultanahmet mosque is another good alternative as well.

There is also the nice Arap (Arab) camii that is a 20 minute walk


Kilic Ali Pasa mosque is another nice place for Friday salat which is a 10 minute walk downhill.


As you will come to see Turkey is a land filled with mosques of varying shape, size and age.

What places are you interested in visiting?

Is this your first visit?

Will you be returning to the city?

How many people are you travelling with?

If you answer these I'll be able to recommend places to you according to your tastes.

Edited: 16 February 2014, 21:49
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3. Re: Friday prayers

Thanks for your detail reply resmen. It's me and my husband traveling and we are here for about 10 days but leave Saturday for cappadocia for a few days. I was thinking of doing sight seeing today and tomorrow so maybe go to the blue mosque tomorrow for the prayer as part of my major sights to see? Or would a closer smaller mosque be better?

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