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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...more
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Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 458 44 68
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One for the world’s most beautiful building, and of course, under renovation, so in a big part of it, you can see only scaffoldings — just another item of my long list of disappointments. Someone should have to provide a website that would inform you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed today

.We were surprised and disappointed that It was not possible to see the magnificent dome clearly due to the scaffolding covering half the mosque. None of the websites alerted us to this extensive renovation program

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank janew124
Reviewed today via mobile

Nice and worth the visit, but until mid 2020 under restoration to a significant extent. More impressive from outside than inside.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TheGlobalFinn
Reviewed today

We had to cover up in order to enter the Blue Mosque; although scaffoldings accessorized the historic monument, its allure still remained.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank TravelingSuitKace
Reviewed today

You have to wait a little, but is worth it. Inside the Blue Mosque is very beautiful. Amazing architecture. The people are nice and polite. Out of respect for religion, you must be barefoot, but everything is clean and OK.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank danijelavukasinovic
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The blue mosque is a land mark and world famous tourist must for the visitor to Istanbul. The Mosque is still in use and visiting is permitted between prayer times which are notated outside the building. Currently the iconic mosque ceiling is covered for maintenance...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kvettraino
Reviewed yesterday

Tips: It's free to get in. Must take off shoes to enter so remember to wear socks or throw away socks if you're a germaphobe. It closes many times during the day for prayers so get entrance times. Great photo opps from the entrance gates...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mark P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You feel like you are in the ocean,so amazing architecture that amuse you.I'll suggest to be a part of turkey by visiting here.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Behnam B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a wonderful experience, a must for all visitors to Istanbul, try to experience the call to prayer from the square between the different Mosques.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank M4HFK
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Totally gutted as wanted to see this for long time. It’s very busy and you can not see anything ....its all under construction and covered up...wait a couple of years before you go

Date of experience: October 2019
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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26 August 2019|
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Response from alisha697 | Reviewed this property |
You can enter the blue Mosque also known as Sultan Ahmet Mosque At any time of the year as it is a fully functioning Mosque Please ensure you enter it with appropriate clothing as it is a functioning Mosque
Hasan S
24 August 2019|
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Response from RazSunshine | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is
25 July 2019|
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Response from anhanja | Reviewed this property |
I have noticed tour guides outside the building & around Hagia Sofia - they offer you tour instantly, but then also try to check in with your hotel / tourist office if they can recommend you someone.