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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. Arrange your visit to Sultan Ahmed Mosque and discover more family-friendly attractions in Istanbul using our Istanbul itinerary maker.
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  • Its amazing to visit this place when we were in Istanbul. Our first day of tour was Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul or popularly known as Blue Mosque. It has a magnificent hand painted blue tiles ador...  more »
  • wonderful mosque, huge, open to the public, especially for tourists, requires appropriate clothing to enter
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  • It's Sultanahmet mosque as it's called locally Only from inside it has blue mosaic and artwork thus the name blue mosque! A must see location if you're visiting Istanbul 
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  • Prayed Jummah at this beautiful Masjid and I have to say... what an experience! In the UK, we have some beautiful mosques but nothing prepares you for this place. Staggeringly breathtaking mosques wherever you look. To think there were people capable and talented enough to construct these marvels hundreds of years ago is astonishing. I can barely draw a straight line on a piece of paper and these guys were out here doing this. Wow.
  • What absolute amazing architecture once inside you will be amazed, it is just beautiful and so worth the visit, you are also within walking distance of many other attractions here so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to see them all. The queues are quite large sometimes as we had to wait for over an hour too just get inside if it is an overcast day make sure you take an umbrella as you are out in the open when you are in the queue. The mosque is closed for prayer time 5 times a day so be aware of those times. Make sure you have a scarf for your head and shoulders and that your knees are covered ladies and guys must have long pants on, you will be required to take your shoes off so take a plastic bag with you and no flash cameras inside and make sure you are very quiet while inside.
  • A masterpiece of the ottoman era architecture (large round columns, big domes, arc doors...). Free entrance. Easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. Avoid friday prayer time (11 to 13). The place is sacred for muslims, and people are still praying in; so, ladies, avoid short skirts. The view from outside in the evening is wonderful.
  • Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
  • It's a huge mosque but nothing more than a tourist attraction. You have to take off your shoes to get in. The employees work really fast, but there are so many people who want to get in, that you still wait for ages. Then you walk in with your shoes in a bag and you can't really enjoy the views from all the terrible smell of feet filling the whole mosque from one end to the other.