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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

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Nicknamed for the blue tiles that adorn its interior, Sultan Ahmed Mosque represents an imposing figure in the city's history and skyline. Located in the historic Sultanahmet district and built in the early 17th century, this impressive religious structure has a total of six minarets, one main dome, and eight secondary domes. Originally commissioned to reassert Ottoman power in Istanbul and across the region, this mosque still functions as a site of worship today. However, the site welcomes visitors of all faiths to view its spectacular design, which mixes traditional Islamic architecture with Byzantine elements. Keep in mind you'll need to remove your shoes and women should cover their head and shoulders. Put Sultan Ahmed Mosque on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Istanbul trip app .
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  • Amazing mosque! Must see if you visit Turkey!! If your muslim you can even pray at the mosque they have separate section to pray.  more »
  • It was here during the tour in early October, although, yes go repair work has not prevented and there were a lot of people. Although I'm Orthodox, it is interesting to get acquainted with other cultures and to visit different places in different countries. Inside liked the decoration, beautiful! At the entrance give out scarves blue dress modestly, to shoulders, knees were closed! I was wearing pants and jacket. You need to shoot, there's pure! There are packages for shoes, I put a package with backpack. Inside you can take pictures of!
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  • The Blue Mosque is a place you have to visit when you go to Istanbul, due your entire history and importance. It is beautiful, with a wonderful carpet, where you have to go barefoot, with clothes that cover the leg all and headscarf for women. The only problem is that I was in retirement, then store part was covered and you won't even see the ceiling, dome and the most beautiful details of her painting.
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