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“A great place to visit in Ramadan!”
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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.
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“A great place to visit in Ramadan!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

For fellow Muslims or those travelers interested in sharing with a very important holiday celebration, this would be the best place to see locals and their traditions.

Visited July 2013
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“Huge, serene and blue tiled”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Check the visitor times since around prayer time, they want you out of there - we only got 15-20 minutes since we were close to prayer time. Dress conservatively but they will provide you with a shawl if you are not. The place is cavernous and the interior gorgeous. The courtyard is beautiful too and if you stand between the Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque with the Hippodrome to the side, there is no better place to get a sense of the history of Istanbul from the Roman-Greek times to the Ottomans!

Visited July 2013
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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Put this attraction on your first thing in the day's list. The lines are very long as the day wears on and because people are removing their shoes it makes sense to go early!
There is no charge to enter the mosque and you are required to have your head, arms and knees covered.
The mosque is interesting and I don't think that a trip to Istanbul would be complete with out a visit to this landmark.

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wear socks!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The Blue Mosque is beautiful. The space is majestic, soaring, and simple at once. I can imagine it being very peaceful in low season and powerful during prayers.

A few things to note...

1. Everyone must enter without shoes. They give you a bag for your shoes, but without socks, your bare feet will tread on carpet where millions have trod.
2. Males should wear long pants. Women should consider not wearing their short shorts the day they visit here. They will give you coverings (probably reused many times between washings), but with more clothing, you might avoid some hassle.
3. All women are required to wear head coverings. They distribute head and body coverings at the tourist entrance.
4. Note prayer times. Non-Muslim tourists can't enter during prayers and times around prayers. It might be worth noting these times before you visit.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

In nearly every Hollywood and Bollywood movie shot in Istanbul the Blue Mosque is always there. You have to visit it when you are in Istanbul.

Visited November 2012
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