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“the blue mosque is stunning.”
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Blue Mosque
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Ranked #2 of 1,089 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 20 September 2012

You must visit. The colours and historical details are amazing. Cover up ladies and no shorts men. It gets very crowded. Didn't mind having bare feet on the carpet. Tried to take photos but very dark. Probably would work with better camera than mine. Find it better to buy postcards. Entrance is free and it is a working mosque so must be difficult to pray with gawping tourists around. Went on a guided tour which was excellent.

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

it a muslims mosques , with a sample of islamic turks architecture. if you love history or culture of other times and areas so try it.

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Sacred geometry finds its apotheosis in this magnificent building. Words cannot describe the feelings of awe and reverence it evokes. One of the architectural wonders of the world. I give thanks to the people who gave us a building of great beauty and supreme intelligence. It is the first time I have felt that the eyes of God may well be turned toward a place of worship.

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Throngs of tourists, and no shortage of queues, but one of the few places in Istanbul that is free to enter. Granted it's impressive considering when it was built and has a great history, but other than that, grossly underwhelming. Honestly, you would not miss anything if you skipped going into the Mosque, the outside is far more impressive.

Thank Sacha N
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Beautiful mosque, part of the triad of must-see venues in Sultanahmet (Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi)

Tips:
1) Early on your Old City sightseeing day, swing by the entrance to the Blue Mosque. There will be a sign showing the periods when it is open. I don't think it ever opens before 9am. You are probably better off visiting at the start of an open period. Towards the end, the attendants will start ushering people out. If you hear a call to prayer while you are in the Old City, figure you won't be able to enter the mosque for at least an hour.
2) Do your homework before your visit; so you can act and dress appropriately. It is true the attendants seem to crack down harder on the women than on the men. Many male tourists entered wearing shorts, which is not permitted. A few young couples kissed in the mosque, where such PDAs are forbidden. Such disappointing behaviour.
3) Wear socks. I wouldn't recommend going barefoot on a carpet with so much traffic. Plus the mosque already smells like feet.
4) Figure 15 minutes, tops, once you're inside.
5) Although there is no admission fee, the mosque will take donations as you exit. I am amazed the local mosque-goers allow such high tourist volume in their building. For that reason alone, I made another donation.
6) Accept that mosque interiors aren't so ornate as churches. They're not supposed to be. Design options are more restricted because of religion: e.g. no human likenesses allowed in any artwork.
7) Take outdoor photos at different times at day. Spectacular at sunset.

Thank VinceBToronto_Canada
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