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Blue Mosque

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Sultanahmet
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 25 other guides
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Address: Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 518 1319
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Today
8:30 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
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Hours:
Fri 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sat - Thu 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description:

Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why is it...

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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Another beautiful peace of architecture which gave a really good account of what Islam is and what it stands for. Well worth the visit

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County Armagh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Another beautiful peace of architecture which gave a really good account of what Islam is and what it stands for. Well worth the visit

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Sultan Ahmet Mosque is called Blue Mosque in English however it is not Blue. Just standing in front of Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, it is a very favourite place to visit. If you plan a visit to Istanbul you should first go this area where you can find most of the important historical places. However if you plan to... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful big building, had to get a taxi to it though, well worth a look, remeber to cover up, stunning

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Tea Tree Gully, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had to queue around the back and be respectfully dressed, without our shoes, but complying with the rules to visit a very active mosque was no problem for us. The interior is simple but beautiful; intricate and colourful; and very spiritual - whether or not you follow the faith, or any faith.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Now we are again a favor ... a warm environment, quality elements, a place to live every evening and always be a regular with great nargiling ...

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Beirut, Lebanon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Did not find it interesting but worth visiting while you are there. I actually found the external area more interesting than the interior. Beware of the opening times since local pray there and the place is accessible only when free of worshippers.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Istanbul on the 8th of January & decided to visit the Blue Mosque on Tuesday the 10th of January.The architecture is amazing & a place that u have to visit while in Istanbul.While we were there it started snowing & the Mosque looked beautiful amidst the snow.I really enjoyed my visit

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is located in a very big area. The inner compound is also very big. This is the largest mosque I have visited in my life time

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

More of a place for religious tourist. Its an active mosque so if you are a non-muslim then you have to follow some rules. You are not allowed to visit then place wearing improper clothing like shorts ripped or slit jeans. But no worries they give you clothing to cover yourselves so you can so visit the place peacefully. The... More 

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply on of the most beautiful monuments of Istanbul...the adjacent gardens add to the beauty...on a mild sunny day you can spend hours around here.

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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