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“Huge place”
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Blue Mosque
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The Legends of History Tour: Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
Ranked #2 of 1,051 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.
Baku, Azerbaijan
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“Huge place”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Every time when I visit Istanbul I go to Sultan Ahmet Mosque to feel an environment of the Muslim mosque. It's a really good organizing of suche a huge number of tourists visit the mosque

Visited April 2013
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“Blue Mosque with Six Turrets, a mistake?”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

The mosque should have had 4 turrets but the builder mistook the word "gold" to mean "six". This mosque derives its name for its exquisite blue tiles, which will have the viewer mesmerized. Some think this mosque is more beautiful than Hagia Sophia. It is a "must see".

Visited April 2013
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Leven, United Kingdom
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“It's free, and pretty - but not worth more than 15 minutes”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

As an atheist, I didn't expect any sort of spiritual emotion inside this place of worship. Which is just as well - there isn't anything peaceful about this mosque. There are simply too many visitors. I'm not sure what the owners can do other than limit numbers.

Inside, the ceiling is very impressive.

There isn't a huge amount to see, so budget 15 minutes.

Visited February 2013
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State of Sao Paulo
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“A must see”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Beautiful. A must see during the day and evening too. The lights are gorgeous. be aware that women must cover their head, wear decent clothes, and everybody must remove their shoes to get in. I loved the beautiful blue tiles.

Visited April 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Must see.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

There is no reason not to see the Blue Mosque - it is right in the middle of the old historic center of the city, just across from the Hagia Sophia and near other great attractions like Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cisterns, Mosaic museum, etc. The building is absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful courtyard and impressive architecture. Be sure to check the call to prayer times (5 a day) as you will not be able to enter as a visitor for about 30 minutes after a call to prayer. The visitors entrance is on the far side, away from Hagia Sophia. Be sure to dress modestly (no shorts, covered shoulders) and women should wear headscarves which can be borrowed at the entrance. Please don't be one of the rude tourists who takes off the scarf inside the mosque - there are so many tourists who visit such that you're unlikely to face any consequence for doing so, but people clearly get uncomfortable with the obvious lack of decorum (regardless of what your personal feelings are about those customs).

When inside, marvel at the tiles that coat the entire inside of the building, each individually handmade, drawn, and fired. One can't help but feel impressed. When you exit, and you see the Hagia Sophia, think about the fact that when the Blue Mosque was built, the Hagia Sophia was already about a 1000 years old...as you contemplate all the history around you, you can't help but wonder at such achievements.

Visited September 2012
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