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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

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Religious Site
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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  • The first and only mosque I've seen me in detail was the Blue Mosque. Reason for this was that it is located directly opposite the Hagia Sopia and next to the Hippodrome. The Interior is fitted as all mosques with a carpet. Otherwise a typical mosque, just a House of prayer. After this, it was clear that I will consider the other mosques only from the outside.
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  • Ladies, put on your longer clothes that hide everything, head to toe; otherwise you will remain at the door. A place of religious practice, intended to show the religious power by the ostentatious decoration. The volume of the building is interesting and the surrounding area as well. Plan to take off your shoes and sandals to enter...
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  • Built in 1616, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque as it is popularly known is a must visit while in Istanbul. Mosque's five domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes are are looked blue at nig...  more »