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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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Seoul, South Korea
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

the aya sofya and blue mosque are right opposite one another. make sure you visit both. Best to visit aya sofya first because there is a queue for tickets. Also visit the basilica cistern afterwards!

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Bremen, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I found this place truly stunning. There was a short queue as we arrived as Friday prayers were ending but it moved quickly. Any people not dressed 'appropriately' were given either headscarves or a wrap around skirt which I think is a good solution to under dressed tourists as it is primarily a place of worship. Doesn't take too long... More

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Luton
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123 reviews 123 reviews
80 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was the first mosque we visited on our trip to Istanbul. It is probably the most famous and it is a spectacular building on the outside, especially in the evening when illuminated. The inside is interesting and beautiful. As we visited in May the queues were not too horrendous. I had taken a headscarf with me and my skirt... More

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Chengdu, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

History, views, peace, wonderful place to enjoy your Holliday . All city is beautiful. Is one of the most beautiful cities in the world

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mumbai
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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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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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perth
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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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