Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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Neighborhood: 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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David D
871 contributions
Sep 2022
This is probably the most famous mosque in Istanbul, and is always well attended by tourists. It is very beautiful, both inside and out, and is definitely worth seeing. However, it is currently under renovation, so the interior space is quite limited and it can be crowded. Definitely view it from the outside, but it may be worth checking some of the other mosques in Istanbul for a more normal experience of seeing a beautiful Ottoman mosque.
Written September 20, 2022
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,618 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Despite the ongoing restoration, it remains an impressive structure. I get the impression they have a long way to go. Support for the scaffolding have been disguised as columns, but the whole place feels cramped with areas closed off and crowds pushing through. Honestly, it looks better from the outside, but this was my one chance to visit, so there you go.
Written May 28, 2022
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Colin Bower
York, UK38 contributions
Sep 2020
Before entering the Mosque please remember to be respectful. I have no religious faith at all but will follow any rules asked of me. I had on a singlet but knew my shoulders needed to be covered so had a shirt ready for the visit. My wife had a shawl to cover her shoulders and head but these are provided by staff at the entrance if you haven't got your own. Shoes need to be removed when entering but do not stand on the carpet while doing so. You can take photographs but not sure if you can use flash. There are people outside who offer to take you on a guided tour of the Mosque but as we didn't use them can't tell you the charges or if they are any good but I did see a number of them inside with clients. Inside is stunning and is a must visit if you are in Istanbul. There is no charge on entering but you can leave a donation as you leave.
Written September 15, 2020
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Steve
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The inside of the mosque is undergoing major refurbishment and so the experience was very disappointing. joining large crowds of people to be herded along corridors into the mosque. once inside there are large barriers all around making the accessible area much smaller. It is impossible to see and appreciate the dome ceiling due to so much scaffolding. really not worth visiting just now.
Written May 28, 2022
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LPR1988
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK1,062 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The Blue Mosque is currently under construction so not a huge amount to see.

However, it is free to enter, so it was worth the 15 minutes we spent there taking pics of what we could!

It’s also in the centre of Sultanahmet Square right next to Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia so chances are you won’t have travelled out of your way JUST for the Blue Mosque, so you’re not losing anything by popping in.

We will return in the summer when hopefully the construction is complete, along with the constructions to the Basilica Cistern, so we can also visit that.
Written January 16, 2022
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Dawn R
Manchester, UK134 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Sadly, what may be one of the most beautiful mosques is undergoing restoration, and has been since 2017. We couldn't see much of the interior due to all the scaffolding and covers that were in place.

We were herded in like cattle, with little room to remove shoes before entering, and those behind you pushing past, not giving you time to remove your shoes comfortably. Leaving the mosque was the same. Instead of people putting their shoes on outside, they stopped immediately where the carpet finished, meaning it got very crowded and intensely frustrating.

The outside of the mosque is beautiful and an iconic sight and was a beautiful part of the city.
Written September 18, 2022
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sam
Iran149 contributions
Oct 2021
After seeing the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, tourists can reach another unique and dazzling mosque called Sultan Ahmed Mosque in just a very short distance and enjoy watching this masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. And of course, it is not bad to know that this mosque was built and established by the order of Sultan Ahmad I and by a skilled master named Mohammad Sadaf, and it may be interesting to know that this mosque and the construction process and how to do it are somewhat important for Sultan Ahmad. It was valuable that sometimes the king himself supervised the construction of the mosque until the construction of this mosque was finally completed in 1619 AD, but unfortunately a year after the construction of this masterpiece, 27- Sultan Ahmad, an Ottoman year, died and his body was outside the mosque. He was buried, and his wife and three sons were later buried there.
Written February 15, 2022
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JC
London, UK62 contributions
Jun 2022
Beautiful to look at from the outside, however the restoration works were still going on in June 2022 and therefore we had a very limited view inside and definitely did not see it at its best. I would suggest checking restoration status before you go in, especially if you are queueing.

At time of review, it is free, and there are clothing and head covers available for those that need it.
Written June 3, 2022
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Michelle C
Norway7 contributions
Dec 2021
It should be more clear to visitors who are not there to woreship that this is under restroration. Our guide said he had been a guide since 2016 and still not seen the roof on all the photos himself. There is actually nothing to see as everthing is boxed in and covered up. I will go back some day to see it when it is actually available.
Written January 12, 2022
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Metropolitan_Man
London, UK685 contributions
Oct 2021
Queued in the rain for 30 minutes. Disorganised at the entrance with Shoes being removed. Once inside everything is being renovated so there is nothing to see, just a carpeted room with construction materials all around. Walked around for 1 minute and then had to queue to leave for another 5/10 minutes.

I recommend the Mosque should only be open to those who want to pray; and closed for tourists, as there is nothing to see inside.

I am sure once renovated it will be wonderful!
Written October 17, 2021
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