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Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1319
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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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Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1319
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

It's the best place to a beautiful picture. Inside the mosque is simple compared to outside, and the culture is very interesting.

Thank CrisCarvalho
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Can't go to Istanbul without seeing this iconic building. It is still used as a fully functioning mosque so non Muslims are not permitted at prayer time. Women have to cover their heads and every one has to remove their shoes. Blue plastic foot wraps...More

Thank 101Sandie
Reviewed July 17, 2014

i believe it took us 3 tries to get in here. each time we were told that we couldn't enter as prayer was on. we were only in the area, hadn't actually gone to the building when we were told this by bystanders. third time...More

Thank jarmwr40
Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

You know when you read about a place and yearn to go there for years and you finally go? It can either be disappointing or as expected. The blue mosque had me in tears. True story. And no I'm not Muslim so it had no...More

2  Thank Mahlatsi M
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Expected more from this one. Area you could see was very small and although I appreciate the work in the 20k+ handpainted tiles (!) I also thought it would look more blue, if that makes sense. Outside was special and the area inbetween to the...More

Thank Aljarov
Reviewed July 16, 2014

A grand architectural masterpiece, both from inside and outside! Go marvel at the red carpet, the beautifully decorated domes, the feeling of tranquility, and the sheer size of it! Women have to be dressed appropriately to enter, but they do provide head scarves at the...More

Thank ShoaibShawoo
Reviewed July 15, 2014

It is worth seeing Blue Mosque, Ayasofia one of the oldest surviving church, Old underground cistern, and obelisk within 5 hours. They are all next to each other and extremely beautiful, ancient and majestic. These buildings are built to last on earth, with a deep...More

1  Thank avocadiva
Reviewed July 15, 2014

beautiful mosque sets in the heart of Sultan Ahmet. very peaceful place with lot of history to it. one of the best attraction in turkey.

1  Thank Ayaan A
Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

One word sums this mythical place, Gorgeous. No matter which point you at, this mosque is gets ever more beautiful at every stand

Thank Rufael R
Reviewed July 15, 2014

Words cannot describe the splendor and beauty of this Mosque! it is indeed a sight to behold and is a must for all visitors to Istanbul. Visited with a group of friends and we had to take our shoes off and put them in a...More

Thank vykye2000
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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Response from 820qamar | Reviewed this property |
I think your find the bedroom View a bit difficult find.restaurant views on the rooftop of many restaurants and hotels to find very beautiful but at a cost many hotels with the view of The Blue Mosque highlighted in the... More
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Response from patriciabibu | Reviewed this property |
La visite est gratuite
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Response from Ayesha K | Reviewed this property |
Yes 5. You can find the timings online, most likely. During salat times tourists aren't permitted unless going to pray. Non muslims permitted to tour only during non prayer times.