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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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Draper, Utah
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

we had a 12 hour layover in Istanbul so we hired a private car to take us around. We were traveling in July and when we go to the blue mosque the courtyard was busy but the lines were not bad. we were able to basically walk right in. Even if we had to wait in lines, it would be... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Blue Mosque is a great place to visit and definitely a must do, especially as it is free (a bargain!) but I do not recommend arriving between 10 - 11 in the morning as this when the tour groups arrive, we had to wait over an hour to get in. Also, women will need a head scarf and their... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Our visit to the Blue Mosque was very worthwhile, though we paid for a guide on arrival to skip the queues - definitely value for money for both the information & saving our boys (8, 10, 12) from the hour plus wait ( and saved us from their complaints :) the Mosque is magnificent & the information passed to us... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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308 helpful votes 308 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The mosque is one of the first things you notice as you sail into Istanbul. We were visiting the city on a cruise ship. I would say it was well worth visiting. It is one of the main attractions in Istanbul. We didn't have to queue for long and you are provided with scarves to cover your head/ arms etc... More

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IHB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I liked the history of the mosque and such but felt it has not been taken care of as it should. The 20 lire headset in English didn't work most times because mp3 files were missing. Restoration in progress ok. The staff were not helpful and could not be found noses they were smoking outside. Would not recommend to waste... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing inside and out! Be mindful that if you want to enter you need to cover up. They provide covering for men and women if you don't have any. Beware of people trying to see you "private tours".....all in all an amazing experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Firstly go dressed correctly, yes you will be provided with something to cover your ignorance if you can't be bothered, but realy how hard is it. If it comes down to having the correct dress or not, and it's getting near time to close for prayer, those getting into over clothes provided, will miss out, as the correctly dressed will... More

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We were very excited to visit the Blue mosque because we heard so much about it. The outside of the building was magnificent architecture. Very old but very dirty, could use a cleaning. Free admission was nice but long lines and they herd you in like cattle. Try to go early. You need to have your shoulders, knees and head... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Take the chance and stay in the queue which moves pretty quickly. We were approached by one of the so called "guides" with a quick pass for a fee. Beautiful interior and well worth the visit

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The mosque is really beautiful outside and in, huge stained glass windows, - and it was very well organised - if you arrived and were not appropriately dressed they had scarves so that all could enter in a respectful way/

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