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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey (Sirkeci)
+90 212 518 13 19
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Ranked #11 of 632 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Its really a great feeling , when you walk around in Sultan Ahmet area. Two most prominent land marks are Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Entrance to Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia is open for everyone irrespective of religion. Its allowed to take pictures so please keep enough memory in your device as you won't stop taking at least 100... More

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Algeciras, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It was great to see people from every religion and belief appreciate the architecture of the mosque and taking photos, and how tourists respect the rules for entering the mosque like placing a head scarf for ladies and not wearing shorts for men and taking off shoes before entering.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

very beautiful and holy. I learned much about Islamic art and architecture just by experiencing this spiritual space. I visited in December 2012, not May, and there were not many tourists

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Cyprus
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

So glad that we went back after been turned away the first time as it was during prayer time. This is a really beautiful mosque and the one you should not miss on your visit. Remember to take a head and shoulder covering.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It is impressive to look from the outside and a must see on your trip to Istanbul (free entry as well). But there is no entry allowed during prayer times (it is a proper functioning mosque) and one is also expected to follow the dress code: a) no shoes/slippers (carry them in a bag that will be given to you)... More

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is definitely a place to visit when you go to Istanbul. It was quite busy but the mosque is very impressive. It's free to go inside, females have to wear a scarf on their head as a sign of respect too.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Constructed by Sultan of Ottoman empire, its real name is Sultanahmet Mosque. But it is popularly known as Blue mosque as it is covered by more than 20000 Iznik tiles. With 6 minarets, it is one of the most common views from all the points of Istanbul. It is connected by tramway and you can alight at Sultanahmet tram station.... More

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Israel
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Blue mosque is one of Istanbul symbols , architectural monument , try to visit it is a sunny day , then you can realize why is called "blue " , got for a walk bot at day and night between hagaia sofia and the blue mosuqe , the garden in between is very nice.

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Cody, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Not only is the tile work beautiful, but the entire setting makes one feel they are in a spiritual place being regardless of your beliefs.

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Huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It was crowded when we visited (April holidays) but once you looked above head level, it was truly impressive. Women visitors who've not brought their own headscarves are provided with them but it's best to bring your own.

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