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“Grand and imposing”
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Blue Mosque
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and...
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 31 August 2014

This mosque, commenced in 1609, is a fully functioning mosque and as such there is a strict dress code which needs to be followed before entering.
The architecture is awesome, and the interior is heavily adorned with blue mosaic tiles, hence the name.
Not as opening accessible as the Hagia Sofia, as some areas are cordoned off for prayer.
Simply beautiful

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Looks great on the outside - inside took about 10 minutes. Not much to see or note. Lots of blue tiles, nice carpet.....

Best go to the Hagia Sophia first and do this quickly over lunch.

On a practical note:
1) The visitors entrance provides wraps for men and women - so if you are wearing shorts do not worry.
2) Free.
3) Popular and crowded.
4) Closed Fridays until 14:30 - that is the busiest time for communal prayers.

Thank StewieTokyo
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The queues can be horrendous but, if you are only visiting the buildings around Sultanahmet square, it will still be well worth your time.
If you have more time, then the Suleymaniye is more magnificent and the Rustem Pasha is more beautiful.

Thank FriskyG
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

If you're visiting the Hagia Sofia and/or Topkapi Palace, you should see the Blue Mosque as it is right there, but I found it a little too busy for my taste. There were lots of people, but even without that, the decor is somewhat over the top. Not as calm as the Suleymaniye Mosque.

Thank LLM_in_NJ
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

architecture at its best, the sultanahmet mosque from outside looks exquisite, from the domes to the courtyard, it can only be appreciated by actually visiting and seeing it at first hand because it is truly breathtaking

Thank ak47247
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