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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...more
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This mosque is huge, it is beautiful but I would recommend taking pictures of it from across from it to capture the whole view.

Date of experience: January 2019
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It is an incredible piece of architecture and history, you can’t help yourself but to think of it was like when first built and did it look like full of worshippers then and now. I certainly felt humbled by the experience and amazed by the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Just take the time and go. Cabs can get you there and there are plenty to get you when you’re done. Even in the winter it’s splendid. Somehow a very calming place despite tourists and hustle.

Date of experience: February 2019
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It is a great mosque with fabulous architecture, but not exactly the highlight of our stay in Istanbul. It felt a bit like cattle herding, having instructions shouted and being ushered by the staff.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which is popularly known as the Blue Mosque as well, is easily accessible by a short walk from the most touristic center in Istanbul. Really hard to miss as it can been seen from a far distance. Visitors are welcomed to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love the area, the surrounding and the mosque itself. It's very relaxing just sitting there in the backyard and enjoy the Turkish tea.. I live to visit every time I'm in Istanbul

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Is the Blue mosque blue or grey? Doesnt matter cause it just beautiful and splendid. The mosque has one of the most beautiful domes from inside. The chandeliers are huge.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very peaceful, great architecture, great near by sitting area, It is really very nice Visited at night if you want to relax and at same time see families enjoying their time

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ahmad S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This mosque is known to be THE monument to visit. Unfortunately, it was in renovation... We did not have the opportunity to see the amazing mosaic.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank elisevln
Reviewed 3 days ago

We've been at the Blue Mosque on January but couldn't see much of the mosque due to the restoration.

Date of experience: January 2019
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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
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Reece1111
January 27, 2019|
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Response from travelm858 | Reviewed this property |
Main Friday prayer is 1:00, if you are visiting to pray that’s great but if you are looking to be a tourist as well it’s under renovation and no part of the dome is visible. Still a wonderful building but Suliyamane mosque... More
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93ricp
January 5, 2019|
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Response from Mr_rossduncan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you should have ample time to visit the Blue Mosque. Perhaps a better question though is "should I visit the Blue Mosque". My wife and I were both somewhat disappointed by the experience, covered in scaffolding... More
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93ricp
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Response from TNTColorado | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely … recommend taxi from the airport. Easy walk between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia ,,,. both very much worth seeing. Can't imagine being in Istabnbul & not visiting at least these two great places. If you get an... More
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JBM1963
Vancouver, Canada
A few questions......Flight from Istanbul to Bursa? (1 Reply)
Was bitten with the Istanbul bug last Christmas and started planning my return as soon as I got home:) Will be flying in on Nov 9 and leaving 18th then back again from Dec 2 til the 13th...was planning a day trip to Bursa on Nov 13th 1.Do the flights from Halic to Gemlik run in November and where abouts might I catch the shuttle from Eminönü to the seaplane port? As I am staying In Sirkeci, is it better to take the ferry to Ayvansaray and walk to Balat Park? 2. On one of my many trips up...More
October 19, 2014|
swally51
London, United Kingdom
City Tours (1 Reply)
We are going to istanbul for 4 days and wish to see the sights. Blue Mosque, Topaki Palace etc. Is it worth booking a tour with a local company - i see they charge 35 euros for a half day tour - or to go independently.
February 04, 2009|
Response fromGonetothedogs|
The main sights (Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Aya Sofya, the cistern etc) are all within a 5 minute walk and so are very easy to see yourself. If you are staying in Sultanahmet, you will be right in the middle of them! The Bazaars are also easy to get to, as are all the other places you are likely to visit on a 4 day stay, and transport in Istanbul is very simple. Get a good book (DK Eyewitness guide is very good) and enjoy exploring yourself.
bluebottle66
Chicago, Illinois
review of my 3 nights travel plan at Istanbul (2 Replies)
Hi, my family of 4 (with two boys, 6 & 9) are visiting Istanbul around Thanksgiving time. I did some research and below is my draft plan. Can you help to review and put some suggestion here? thanks. arrive at 3pm, Nov 28, Sat; take a cab or Metro to Zeytinburnu, then transfer to tram T1 to Sultanahmet. My hotel is Sultan House. Check in. say I am done around 4:30. Try to finish Topkapi Palace by 7pm. Nov 29, Sun. start with Basilica Cistern for an hour, then take tram to Kabatas, going...More
October 21, 2015|
Response fromCndnGuider|
You are not leaving yourself enough time for getting to the airport, going through security to get to the airline check in gates, going through passport control and going through security again. Then it depends on how long of a walk it is to the gate. It took us over 90 minutes before we arrived at our gate to do the aforementioned and the longest wait was to get through the security to get to the airline check in gates.