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Blue Mosque

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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 518 13 19
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why is...
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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Must see again one of the best object in Istanbul. Very big, many detail exterior and interior, nice mosaics

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Must see again one of the best object in Istanbul. Very big, many detail exterior and interior, nice mosaics

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The blue mosque is amazing. From the moment you see the minarets in the distance, to the point where you enter the huge courtyard, you are drawn to the place. The architecture is unreal, and once inside the mosque, you are blown away by the sheer size of it and the beauty is hard to describe. The children were just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We prefer this to the Topkapi Palace. It is not always open. The construction and design are amazing. Not much walking involved

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

As well as being one of the most popular tourist sights in Istanbul and with queues to match, the Blue Mosque is also very significant religious building. Like with St. Peter's in Rome, this poses some challenges to the authorities, as they seek to serve the needs both of sightseers and those who have come to pray - and by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you are a muslim go and pray in there. You can feel the vibe and you will amaze with the craftsmanship in there and also with the architecture.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This mosque is beautiful with it's size an architecture. The mosque is extremely crowded. Since all visitors are required to remove their shoes, the air smells like corn chips.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Although the Mosque is beautiful... the place is not as blue as in the pictures, the place is well kept. Currently one of the 6 minarets is being restored... this is the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets. One has to remove his shoes to enter as this is a functioning mosque and out on the right side one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to see on a tour! Too many tourist though... it takes away the reverence and peacefulness of the place... beautiful Mosque though... still a must see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building. The worshippers were very tolerant of the tourists - thank you. But pick your time to go, the queues can be extreme - and the queues are just to get checked that one is dressed modestly enough. Modest coverings were supplied if required, as were plastic bags in which to carry your shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Is one of the best place to visit in Istanbul. You can make pictures and in the evening you can have some advertising materials with this objectiv. By night it is full of lights .

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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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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