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“Spectacular”
Review of Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque
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The Legends of History Tour: Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
Ranked #3 of 1,044 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Bath, Somerset
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Another "must". Remember that this is a mosque: no shoes and head-scarves for women. Tourists enter through a back door (no charge). This is a huge spectacular building and so-called because of the 20,000 or so blue Iznik tiles that line the dome (almost too high to see). Completed in 1616 this is a rival to the Hagia Sophia across the square. Spectacular and vast on the inside, but even more so from the outside and visitors should seek out a good view of the complex which is magnificently flood-lit at night.

Visited April 2013
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“A must see historical building”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

We were staying only about a 3 minute walk from the magnificent Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) and you can see that this magnificent structure dominates the skyline. We first visited the outside courtyard which in itself is quite amazing. The queue to enter the mosque is via a side enrtance and can be quite long, do not let this put you off, it is well worth the wait, when entering shoes have to be removed, and clear plastic bags for you to put these in are provided, and ladies must cover their hair using a head scarf. If you do not have, or do not wish to purchase these, again they are provided free of charge. Once you enter the building the sheer majesty of it unfolds the architecture is truly stunning and has to be seen to be believed. I recommend that you ignore the people outside of the entrance, on the Hippodrome who will offer you a guided tour for a small fee (as this often leads to a detour involving a carpet or leather store). and instead buy a small guide book it will tell you everything you need to know. If purchasing a guide book from outside, be careful, and agree a price before parting with any money.

Visited April 2013
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“Magnificent”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Liked all of it, the columns and the placement of the Menarate opposite each other north facing south and East facing West.

Visited April 2013
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Fabulouse Mosque”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Liked everything about my visit although I wish I had taken my own scarf (they were provided if your head ware was not suitable).Very Opulant place and stunning.

Visited April 2013
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“Stunning!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

What a beautiful building. Stunning on the approach to it and even more impressive inside. It was built from 1609-1616 and the decorative tiling inside is breathtaking.
Free entry and a must do in Istanbul.

Visited April 2013
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