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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
Fee: No
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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Amazing architecture, free to go have a look

A beautiful building, easy to get to on the local tram, or walking distance when staying in the old city. Free to get into, ladies bring a scarf to cover head and shoulders. If... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building, easy to get to on the local tram, or walking distance when staying in the old city. Free to get into, ladies bring a scarf to cover head and shoulders. If you forget though, they have scarves you can borrow. During high tourist sessions, you may have to queue to go in, but the queue is fast... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful place, if you're a Muslim, don't fight the crowds, there is another entrance that less crowded, ask the locals. The place for women to do their ablution, is a little unclear but plenty of people who can give you directions. For tourists, please don't take photos of women praying from behind the screens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful mosque, but be warned, even on a rainy day in April, this site is crowded. We also visited the Mosque of Suleyman (a short distance away next to the Grand Bazaar) and found it to be far better. Larger and just as beautiful, but far more peaceful. If you have to choose one, choose Suleyman.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

What a marvel of architecture and design detail. Very peaceful and CLEAN ( how do they clean all that carpet?!) which surprised me considering the thousands that come in everyday. The tile work is something else!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This building is so beautiful. An architects /engineers dream. The tiles are magnificent. No need to spend lots of time. 10/15 minutes tops.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great interior. Check opening times as it closes after lunch and reopens later. Queue to get in moved very quickly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

There is a separate queue at the side of the mosque for visitors (those not worshipping) which can be very long. Thankfully it moved fairly fast when we visited. I had my scarf for a head covering and they provided plastic bags for our shoes. Although the service was over, there were still people praying inside. We both felt uncomfortable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Theres a huge line for this mosque as you expect from a major european attraction but it moves fairly quickly and once inside it's worth it. You only need 20 minutes inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a must see when you visit Istanbul,absolutely stunning building inside and out and very humbling.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Not that impressive. Long lines to get in and then? One of the least tidy mosques we've visited in Istanbul. Ha gay Sofia is much better.

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