Religious Sites in Istanbul

Religious Sites in Istanbul, Turkey

Religious Sites in Istanbul

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  • Vera B
    Santa Cruz, CA412 contributions
    First: it’s NOT worth a hour+ line. Go at 7:00 pm for no line or at 5:00 for a 15-20 mins wait. Do it waste a morning otherwise.

    Second: it’s historic and majestic and worth the visit because of it but there are so many others close by whose interior will knock your socks off.

    Finally: stop again by it 1 1/2 hour before sunset. It’s gorgeous when the afternoon sun hits it. No need to go inside. Just look up and take pics.

    Bottom line: go late in the day to avoid lines and lower your expectations.
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • Paulo Coimbra
    Belo Horizonte, MG91 contributions
    Extremely interesting building. Used to be a Christian Church and became an Islamic Mosque. History is every corner… culturally very rich.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Rajeh
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia7 contributions
    Still under construction , you can’t see everything in the mosque because of the maintenance inside, the security guards are very good and helpful and direct the visitors in good condition.
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • Vera B
    Santa Cruz, CA412 contributions
    This was such a surprise! The guide I was with suggested that we stopped by. Unfortunately it was at the very beginning of my trip so I did not immediately grab how unique this was. Walking through the cemetery was also very interesting on its own terms.

    Bottom line: visit Hagia Sophia first and then come here. You’ll be wowed!
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • Marek79
    Warszawa281 contributions
    Mosque is a hidden gem. Recently renovated with beatiful blue tiles from Iznik. Not very crowded. Located on the first floor in the area of Egyptian bazaar.
    Written October 31, 2022
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  • David D
    1,018 contributions
    This was built as a church during the time of Justinian, and was used to prototype some of the designs for the Hagia Sophia. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest, and has been extensively renovated since, so it now only bears a marginal resemblance to the Hagia Sophia. But it’s a nice place and worth visiting if in this part of Istanbul.
    Written November 21, 2022
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  • David D
    1,018 contributions
    Still in the central district of Fatih but a little further away from the main tourist areas, this is one of the large mosques of the city. The compound is very large, and the mosque itself is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. It was first built shortly after the conquest and Mehmed II is buried nearby, but it was damaged in a fire and rebuilt later in a more modern style. It is definitely worth visiting if you are nearby.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • nids644
    New Delhi, India122 contributions
    Best place for having narghile in Istanbul.

    Lovely staff, keep refilling the coal, it’s a no frills place with lovely Turkish setup and lamps all over.

    If you want to smoke the sheesha you have to come here. No alcohol only a large variety of teas.

    We just love this place !!
    Written July 15, 2022
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  • David D
    1,018 contributions
    The mosque is a beautiful mosque, however it is currently undergoing some construction work and is frequently not open for visitors. Thus if time is scarce, it might be best to view some of the other nearby historic mosques in the city.
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • Ramona Rorvik Art-Tour
    Paris, France197 contributions
    The Greek Orthodox place of worship, for the Orthodox Christian community in Istanbul, it is in general empty. An atmosphere of peace, calm but also loneliness embraces you. A kind of sadness hard to define. There are no more Christians in "Constantinople". It seems that the number of Christian minorities has dropped so much in Istanbul, that places of worship have become empty. They are only visited by a few tourists lost in Balat... On the occasion of the most important religious days, a few more people (parishioners & tourists) gather. It is practically the equivalent of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, for Orthodoxy.
    Of course worth a vizit !!!
    Written November 24, 2021
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  • David D
    1,018 contributions
    This new mosque, opened in 2019, is the largest mosque in Turkey. It is visible from many parts of the city and sits atop a high hill overlooking the Bosphorus. The platform gives impressive views. Beneath the mosque is a museum of Islam, containing a number of artefacts significant to Islam, particularly in a Turkish context. The mosque itself is very large, but not as ornate as other mosques in the city. It is definitely worth seeing if one is in the area, as the scale is very impressive, but if one has only a short time in Istanbul, it might be better to concentrate on the more historic mosques.
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • IftekharA-Sep2016
    1,571 contributions
    Few people visit this beautiful mosque meaning, you can have this place mostly to yourself when you visit.

    Built by architect Mimar Sinan (same architect who built Sulteimaniye Mosque) under the order of Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman. The mosque was completed around 1570.
    Written November 28, 2019
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  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, CA8,506 contributions
    A masterpiece of Ottoman architecture at its finest. Visit to contemplate, admire and soak in the elegant details and history.
    Written January 1, 2021
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  • gökhan y
    Pamplona, Spain194 contributions
    It is near to Sultanahmet mosque, it has a very nice interior and exterior design. You should not miss it, it is not yet discovered by many tourists so it is quite calm.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Theron Ng
    6 contributions
    What an afternoon! The 2h Ebru Marbling class we took was the highlight of our Istanbul trip. Josh was our teacher and he was talented, warm and patient. He first taught us the basics of the technique, then left us alone to be as creative as possible. He occasionally dropped in to give tips and offer tea and encouragement. We really enjoyed the time we spent there, and got to take home all the paintings that we did! This is the best way to spend an afternoon in this beautiful city, and I am sure this is the best place to do it! Amazing teacher, amazing atmosphere, amazing hospitality - - highly recommended!

    PS Josh is also passionate about other traditional art techniques. He even did a personalised calligraphy for us as a gift, it was very touching
    Written November 27, 2019
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