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Blue Mosque

Travellers' Choice award winner
Neighbourhood:
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
Description:

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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the outside and inside of the blue mosque are just exquisite, If you get a chance to see the mosque and Hagia Sophia at night it is something else

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the outside and inside of the blue mosque are just exquisite, If you get a chance to see the mosque and Hagia Sophia at night it is something else

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Tehran Province, Iran
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

there are so many mosques in Istanbul and this one is not a "must see" mosque. that was an operational one and we couldn't enter at praying time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The view is absolutely beautiful. Make sure to wear modest clothing when visiting the mosque, you should respect the religion and the Turkish culture. If you're a history nerd and/or love art, you'll definitely enjoy visiting the blue mosque. Muslims, try praying in the mosque to fully experience the trip to the Blue Mosque.

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When i came here in the morning, not so many people so i can see around, and take foto. It is first time i come here, quiet big, and unique. good

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply stunning!, one of the world,s must see sights. No visit to Istanbul is complete without viewing this awesome building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this city and this beautiful Mosque. The city skyline is gorgeous and you can literally see the beautiful structure from many points in the city. If your into photography you will take some amazing pictures in the location. It's a must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're in Istanbul you have find time for a visit to this beautiful place. Try to go early before the crowds to appreciate the serenity & it's free (very unusual these days)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is so picture friendly in the early morning, like 6 am. There is no one around around the sky and blue Mosque blend to form amazing colours. Very busy during the days and cant go Fridays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went during day and night time, stunning architecture and beautiful park with plenty to do. Enjoyed the fountain display at night and the serene atmosphere. Must see place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bule mousqe beautiful place but insight has a smell people very nice and friendly geogeous I hope to come back again

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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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