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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 | Sultanahmet Mah, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 13 19
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a quick visit but certainly worth my while. Fantastic architecture and beautiful mosaics inside.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank michellevY562EG
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yes, it’s beautiful, but shame not to able to see the ceiling properly. The renovations were covered with a facsimile image, but it was a bit disappointing. Hover Decembervisit meant no queues 😀. Good idea to take a guide book (or real guide) to enhance...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 685ingridg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I honestly would not advise tourists to go in whilst the contruction is going on unless they are Muslim. For Westerners who are used to the opulence of Churches like the Notre Dame etc it is a bit of a come down and the ques...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 629margueritew
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were able to walk to the mosque from our hotel which was good after a lovely breakfast, from a distance this building is fantastic as we got closer we noticed that there was a lot of scaffolding around. I do realise that buildings of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank B3188BNrichardc
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The mosque itself is as majestic as Hagia Sophia. The difference is that it is still being used. It has unique decor and is very picturesque both from the distance and from inside. As a moslem, I took a chance to have friday prayer here....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank wishtrav
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a magnificent structure! Proper attire is required for non-Muslims, i.e one where most skin is covered from head to toe. There’s a ‘long dress’ for them to wear before they enter the mosque if the Guards found these people not covered properly. For Muslims,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lin L
Reviewed 2 days ago

No other mosque in the world is like this. The whole ambience and atmosphere in the vicinity is amazing and extraordinary!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shahz786
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Blue Mosque looks lovely from outside. When we went parts were under restoration so didn't get the full glory, but definitely something that must be visited. The mosque is shut during prayer times so plan accordingly.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jagriti04
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

needs around 3 hours very beautiful the architect the colors the entrance. i lived it , definitely will visit again

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Almarzooq
Reviewed 2 days ago

The mosque is under renovation (which is good) and unfortunately you cannot see any of the main dome. Scaffolding and low coverings make it impossible for the visitor to understand or see the architecture or scale of the building. If you are walking by, you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jane R
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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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3 November 2018|
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Response from YmkS1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, January is winter month so will be cool. At hotels you will find heaters. Blue mosque is very large and have gardens & other open area so heaters may not be there. I visited in May.
3 November 2018|
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Response from CarrieRyuko | Reviewed this property |
It was kinda chilly when I was there in Jan 2018, about 14 C and rainy. There's no heating so I'd wear a coat
6 August 2018|
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Response from SivaKaKu | Reviewed this property |
Better do not go in sleeveless tops or shorts. Full pants or palazzos will be fine. Carry a shawl in case need to cover bare shoulders. A head scarf can be handy. You can walk in with socks. They provide carrier bags to... More