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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
+90 212 518 13 19
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Ranked #11 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

It was interesting visiting this attraction as it was free and fully functioning Mosque unlike Sofia Mosque. We found the surrounding gardens and area very nice and clean and had a great meal at one of the many restaurants.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The Blue Mosque - located in sultanahempet is amazing.. the view from outside is beautiful.. you could just keep admiring .. but I dint like the inside when compared to the exterior appearance. The mosque is still active , so it is advisable to visit 30 mins after the 'call for prayer' is announced. You need to remove your shoes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Another must see because after you're all shopped out, its good to take a look at all things Turkish. After all that's the reason we go to Turkey.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Not that good inside as expected. You have to wait in queue for entrance. However still a must see place, when in Istanbul.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Because the Blue Mosque is still an active place of worship, it's a bit challenging to plan a visit around the prayer times when it's closed to the general public. By the time it re-opens, the lines can stretch long, even in mid-November. That said, it's a must-see. I would call this a "quiet site" because although exquisite, the architecture... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Amazing place to visit. Very spiritual full of energy and history. Juat be respectful to the place by wearing descent

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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

we went at the time of d afternoon prayer around 11:30...luckily got thr chance to pray inside it...the feeling was awesome...the atmosphere was calm n soothing...the interior of the mosque was beautiful ..there was a feeling of tranquility in evry place of it ,be it the courtyard,the inside or d entrance..spellbound by its architecture...staff was really helpful n organised as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

It is the must visit place. We also see the president of Turkey walk out from the Mosque on the holiday morning. But it also takes long time waiting in lines.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Mosque was closed when we first go there, by the time we got back the queue to get inside the mosque was nearly a kilometre long. We have been to many mosques around the world so we were not that impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Our timing went a little awry and we had to wait for afternoon prayer to finish. A little bit of a scramble to get in (a free-for-all for the loaned headscarves and then the plastic bags for your shoes), but that's just the behaviour of some other visitors. Stunning architecture and a real sense of peace and tranquillity. It's free... More

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