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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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  • A rather disappointing trip as the Blue Mosque is under heavy renovation - there was no opportunity to see other parts of the compound as well. If you are heading over within the next few months or.....  more
    A rather disappointing trip as the Blue Mosque is under heavy renovation - there was no opportunity to see other parts of the compound as well. If you are heading over within the next few months or.....  more »
  • The Blue Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. But the restoration works prevent you from seeing it with all its space. They should warn you that it is not visible. 
    The Blue Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. But the restoration works prevent you from seeing it with all its space. They should warn you that it is not visible.  more »
  • They are still working on the inside. I wish I could see the inside without all the construction barricades up. As beautiful as it was with them in place I could not imagine how wonderful it would... 
    They are still working on the inside. I wish I could see the inside without all the construction barricades up. As beautiful as it was with them in place I could not imagine how wonderful it would...  more »
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  • We went there on Friday around 2:00 pm. A major portion of site is under renovation. The queue to enter was huge. The experience of praying there was a unique yet soothing. The architecture is mesmerizing. The aura it releases lures you towards it. A beautiful mosque. Remember one needs to cover her head and body while entering. The clothing is temporarily provided for free just outside the entrance.
  • Real Review: basically closed. Not worth it to visit now as you can't hardly see anything due to construction. I am wondering what's going on with all the "local guides" reviews here in Istanbul. They are over-the-top positive. Is the tourist board or some private interest paying them to flood google maps with positive reviews? I went there myself and you can't see anything inside. Almost completely under construction. Not even worth half the wait in line. Go back when it's done, I'm sure it's lovely.
  • Update on 03 June 2022: renovation work is ongoing in the mosque. You can have a glimpse of the beautiful mosque. This was my second visit to the mosque. In 2017, I could see the whole beautiful mosque. Once the renovation work is done, hopefully it will be better than old view. Nevertheless, it is a must visit place while you are in Istanbul.
  • I could not stop myself from writing down an appreciation letter to your esteemed hotel*luxury escapes*for making our stay such a memorable one. We were staying at your hotel for 2 weeks I was there with my wife for our holiday . I cannot thank you and your staff enough for making it an experience to remember for life. My wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed the stay and we are sure that we are going to come back to stay at your hotel. THANK YOU.
  • Nice but not nice like Hagia So3

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