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Blue Mosque

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Sultanahmet
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 25 other guides
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Address: Sultanahmet | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 518 1319
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Today
08:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 14:30
15:30 - 16:45
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Hours:
Fri 13:30 - 15:30
Sat - Thu 08:30 - 11:30
13:00 - 14:30
15:30 - 16:45
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Built between 1609-1616, this impressive mosque has six minarets. Why is it...

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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One of the top attractions that you must check out while you are visiting Istanbul. Was once a church then became a mosque and is now a museum. An architectural wonder and well... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the top attractions that you must check out while you are visiting Istanbul. Was once a church then became a mosque and is now a museum. An architectural wonder and well worth a visit or should I say a must when you are next visiting Istanbul.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Alongside Haya Sofia this is one of the 'must sees' of Istanbul. The mosque inside is beautiful and it's great to have a rare insight into a functioning mosque. The mosque is equally imposing from the outside. Visits have to be coordinated between prayer times but the interesting part is there is an office for information on Islam for those... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a visit for the sheer history. The architecture is in the ottoman style and very instructs English. It's a must in Istanbul

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved this place! Very beautiful and quiet. Once you're there, take time to look at the amazing ceiling and don't forget to contemplate the amazing colors and patterns on the walls. A true and amazing work of art!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Blue Mosque was breathtaking. No picture could capture the beauty and detail. Make sure not to wear tights or jeans with rips or patches. Although they provide skirts you can wear to go in. Plus the head must have a scarf. I recommend seeing this if you are in Istanbul.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this one of the must see places in this great city if you dont know the history take a tour so you can know more mostly after the tour they will ask you to visit one of the rugs shops i dont recommend that just enjoy the place and the history , decent clothes is a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly wonderful experience! A masterpiece of architecture. A place of peace and prayer. By night an illuminated mosque throwing shadows of beauty across Sultanhamet. I think it is also wonderful how you can obtain free history of the mosque and copies of the Koran in various languages. An unforgettable and educating visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is still being used as worship area yet comparing it to Hagia Sophia (AyaSophia), the second has more glamour and magic to offer. The major importance of this mosque is the architecture principles behind it and how such big structure survived this long.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to pray if you are Muslim. Great place to visit if you are not. The interior is astoundingly beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the most amazing structure in the world.no fees to enter, just appropriate dress code for both , male and female.

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Sultanahmet
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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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