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Review of Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque
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$38.00*
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque...
Ranked #6 of 1,158 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were a bit early for entry after prayers so went to listen to a free lecture on Islam and the Blue mosque in a hall adjacent, the young lady who delivered it was brill and very good at explaining islamic culture and practice . The visit to the mosque was great stunning inside surprised that photography is allowed , and don't worry if you are not properly dressed as there are items for both men and women to cover up. Beware the carpet and stall holders will "assist" you on the understanding that you will then visit their shop ... and they wait patiently outside for you .... although not pushy at all very friendly

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Quite amazing and worth the visit. Tours are very accommodating and organized. Be prepared to cover your heads (ladies) and gentlemen remove your hats. Also, cover your legs if you wear shorts. Covering is provided as well as plastic bags to carry your shoes.

Thank Alison R
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Smaller than Sophia, but more symmetrical in shape, the Blue Mosque is stunning from the outside. Inside the architecture will amaze.

One suggestion is to wait outside between the 3 mosques, and when the Azan begins, you can hear each distinct prayer. They will wait for their "turn", never competing with the neighbors prayer. Feels like surround sound.... Amazing to experience!

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful structures on earth. Do not miss it. Remember to dress respectfully/appropriately and you will be heartily welcomed into this amazing building.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

1 of many mosques that is free to enter. It´s hard to take good pictures in it tough cause there is hundreds of steel wires hanging from the ceiling and holding the chandeliers.
It´s quickly gone through if you wan´t to see how a mosque is built and used.

Thank RonnieLind
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