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New Mosque

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New Mosque features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Dominates the Old City skyline
  • Traditional-style imperial mosque

Time required: 30 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: Dawn - Dusk

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop

Address: Eminönü, Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • New Mosque is a large, classical, traditional-style Ottoman imperial mosque in Istanbul's Eminönü district
  • It was commissioned in 1597 by the mother queen, Valide Safiye Sultan, mother of Mehemet III
  • Later the construction was halted. First the architect was executed for heresy, later Safiye was expelled after her son's death
  • The mosque was finished in 1663 under the patronage of Turhan Hatice Sultan, mother of Mehmet IV
  • The interior is rather gloomy. It is dominated by a multi-domed ceiling. Blue and turquoise İznik tiles richly decorate the walls
  • Valide Sultan Turham Hatice is entombed here along with 6 sultans and many princes and princesses
  • The spice market was originally built to finance the construction of the New Mosque

What to do there:

  • Admire the traditional architecture of the mosque
  • Remove your shoes before entering. Put them on a shelf provided
  • Enjoy the impressive interior decorated with Iznik tiles, gold and marble

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
  • It is less crowded than the Blue Mosque
  • It is best to avoid prayer times

 

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