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Blue Mosque

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Blue Mosque.

Blue Mosque features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Istanbul City Guide3-day Istanbul City Guide5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • World-known landmark
  • Impressive and unique mosque with six minarets

Time required: 45 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 9am - 6pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Sultanahmet stop

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mh., Tavukhane Sokak 5, Istanbul

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: myhsu

Things you need to know:

  • Blue Mosque is a grandiose mosque in Istanbul. It was completed in 1616 and is considered the last imperial mosque of the city
  • Sultan Ahmet I commissioned the building. His intention was to surpass both Süleymaniye Mosque and Hagia Sophia
  • In an attempt to emphasize Islam's superiority over Christianity, the larger Blue Mosque was built opposite Hagia Sophia (a former Byzantine church) on the site of the Byzantine royal palace
  • The architect's name was Mehmet Aga. He was a student of the Ottoman star architect Sinan
  • Only two mosques have 6 minarets: the Blue Mosque and the central mosque of Mecca, the Islamic holy city. The latter now has 7 to emphasize its status
  • Officially it is called Sultanahmet Camii (Mosque of Sultan Ahmet). The nickname 'Blue Mosque' was given because of the blue İznik tiles that decorate its interior
  • The central dome is 43 m (140 ft) high and 23,5 m (77 ft) in diameter. Over 20,000 blue tiles adorn its walls

What to do there:

  • Admire the beautifully-arranged cascade of domes
  • Non-worshippers are required to use the north entrance, off the Hippodrome
  • Remove your shoes before entering. Put them in a plastic bag (available at the entrance). You can put the bag with the shoes on a shelf provided
  • Admire the breathtaking interior decorated by masses of beautifully designed blue, green, yellow and red tiles
  • Enjoy the special atmosphere

Tips & Insights:

  • Modest dress is required both for women and men
  • It is considered polite for a woman to cover her head when entering a mosque. We recommend bringing your own scarf
  • The mosque is impressively illuminated in the evening

 

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