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Blue Mosque

Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
Phone Number: +90 212 518 13 19
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Ranked #8 of 1,262 things to do in Istanbul
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
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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Durban, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

You cannot visit Istanbul and not visit the Blue Mosque. Avoid the prayer times if youre not muslim, as this mosque is in daily use. All visitors are required to take off their shoes and dress respectfully. (It is a place of prayer) Take your time to wander at the marvel of design, construction and decor. Truly impressive.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It is very difficult to express your feelings when entering this mosque , I have been there for several times and every time I visit I feel like this is my first time . Off course one of the most wonderful things is to pray .

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture, a must visit place when you are in Istanbul. Loving the magnificent tiles decorations in the interior.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the main attraction of Istanbul and it deserve to be. The mosque is open 24x7 and any one can visit it. You can go inside and without disturbing any one can sit and admire the beauty of the mosque from inside. They don't allow you to wear shoes inside the mosque as its a sacred... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We did not take a tour for the Blue Mosque. It is a beautifully breath taking mosque. The architecture and the history is amazing. Its also called the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. They do have brochures, that explain the history and architecture of the mosque. Women have to be covered, while entering the mosque. They do provide head covers in case.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Don't ask why they call it the blue mosque, as my fellow traveller did who failed to notice its distinct bluish glow. Another one of Istanbu's spectacular sites, perched on it sloping hill side are nice little neibourhoods which harbour great little shops and restaurants and traditional Turkish looking bars

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

So special so reverent. What an honor to be inside such a special and holy place. I true life changing moment as you share for an instant the peace so many feel as they enter.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The interior's historic and architectural significance makes this a must do while in Istanbul. Wrap it in to a few other tours to complete your day. And SKIP the Grand Bazaar (just down the street) unless you haven't seen enough leather and jewelry shops in your life time.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

How can ı tell ?? Pls come and see ...amazing , amazing, amazing . All the world must see it . İf you didnt see sultanahmet mosque ı think you live without fantastic view ..: come and see this perfect place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful scene especially from the bridge. It is a fantastic building. The area around is also worth walking around. This is just amazing at night with all the lights.

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