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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 13 19
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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 13 19
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Reviewed yesterday

An impressive building. It's hard to get a good look at the mosque from the outside since it's partially hidden by trees and other buildings, but it's still quite the sight. The inside is as impressive as the outside. Since it is an active mosque,...More

Thank md9512016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you travel to Istanbul and don’t visit this Mosque, your trip to Istanbul will have been for nothing. It is amazing.

Thank bobak n
Reviewed 2 days ago

The jewel of Istanbul, stunning attraction and a must see if you visit the city. Highly recommended.

Thank drchambersuk
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful and impressive mosque, must be seen at least once ! It is better to visit it during the week, very busy of tourist at the weekend.

Thank Emanuel N
Reviewed 2 days ago

the first Sultan of Istanbul (who kicked out the Byzantines) built this mosque rivalling the Hagia Sofia facing it. Being a functioning mosque, it is well kept. Short pleasant walk from Hagia Sofia through the adjoining garden and fountain. Access is free into the courtyard...More

Thank ChenYongHann
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the top classic architecture of the world must to visit if you are in Istanbul, Great Islamic period is presented here during the Gold era of Ottoman Empire.

Thank HFikri
Reviewed 2 days ago

Iconic building in Istanbul. It's very beautiful inside but the more photogenic part is seeing this massive structure from all over the city.

Thank tryingtoseetheworld
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must visit! The ambiance is very peaceful and solemn. Went with an informative guided and we all learn a lot. Visiting this place requires to dress appropriately and respect those who are praying. Impressive architecture.

Thank eomjie22
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Must See Attraction in Istanbul!! Also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque!! Located in Sultanahmed Square. One of the most beautiful mosques. It is still a functioning Mosque. Be sure to wear appropriate clothes when visiting. They do provide you with an overall if you are...More

Thank Palaniappan M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful inside and out. They provide appropriate dress if your knees are showing or you are in need of a headscarf

Thank oicupping
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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5 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.