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Address: Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 518 13 19
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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We visited the mosque it is a must see if you visit Istanbul its a wonderful building with beautiful surrounding you will need to check entrance time to see inside mosque

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the mosque it is a must see if you visit Istanbul its a wonderful building with beautiful surrounding you will need to check entrance time to see inside mosque

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I found the Blue Mosque to be a very spiritual setting. I visited just before prayer time. I loved feeling the spirituality and devotion of worshipping citizens.

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Lahore, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One can spend hours just sitting in front of the main entrance. Just unbelievable views. Do check-in when the sun is setting, when its rays fall just on the domes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I guess, one can not say they have visited Istanbul without visiting few of those places that are almost synonymous with Istanbul. One of those places is The Blue Most. I don't think I could describe it well enough with words, so I will say, please visit it and see what you are going to feel and what would your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be respectful--it is an operating mosque, so you'll need to take off your shoes and cover your head (if you're female)... but well worth it to get a taste of Islamic culture. I only wish I had gone with someone who was a native or Muslim, so I could have absorbed more of what I saw.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A nice and peaceful experience. The grounds were so pretty. Amazing architecture. A must see. Lots of places to eat near here as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The exterior is gorgeous as the interior. Worth a visit. If you do not have appropriate attire, you can borrow at the entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing place. I wish I was 20 years younger to explore every corner. Do not miss a prayer time, it is heavenly.

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Blue mosque or Sultan Ahmad mosque. Turkish people say Ahmet and that's why it's Sultanahmet Mosque. Great architecture, thousands of people. Scarf and dress for those with unsuitable dress. Remove shoes and go in. Wonderful. Exit the other way. Don't forget your camera.

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This place is very beatiful and visitable. This hustorical place is near ayasophia and topkapi. We visited this place with our 4 month son.

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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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