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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey (Sirkeci)
+90 212 518 13 19
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Ranked #12 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: Just amazing! Travellers call it "Blue Mosque" but Turks call it ''SultanAhmet Mosque". If it is in your itinerary both ways, it is NOT two places... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The Blue Mosque is an architectural marvel and a must visit when in Istanbul. The entrance is free for all, however it is important for women to cover their heads in respect when entering the mosque. Men also are not allowed in shorts. Also during the prayer timings entrance is restricted.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Very impressive but you will be in and out in an hour, even with a guide which is less than you would be led to believe.

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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

There was a two hour queue to get in and that was a quiet time. Whilst admittedly awe inspiring it was also a bit of a let down once inside. There are much better places to go inside without the wait. Photos outside at night are free and more spectacular!

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Cordoba, Spain
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You, I suppose, will have studied part of the Islamic culture and what Blue Mosque means for these people. There, you can feel their beleivings and taking part of its culture. Blue Mosque is more than an Emblematic site.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited quite early in the morning and there was already a queue although it did move quickly. I think my expectations might have been a bit high but I found it a little disappointing although you can see where it got its name. More impressive from the outside

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Saitama, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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.

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Millburn, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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

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