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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Unde renovation, inside and outside, not much to see, but a must for future visits. There are other mosques to visit until then.  more »
  • This is really very beautiful. unfortunatly we coun't get in to see verything because there is restoration going on. anyway it is amazing  more »
  • The mosque is undergoing renovations so we didn't have a full experience. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful piece of architecture. On Friday, it was a good experience to sit in the gardens between the...  more »
  • Nice but not nice like Hagia So3
  • Amazing place. A beautiful piece of architecture, and you can feel its greatness even while it's under construction. Been here in late October 2020, the Mosque was fully under reconstruction, you could barely see anything (whole ceiling was closed by scaffolding). In any case, a great place to visit.
  • Amazing piece of architecture, it's a bit disappointing though that they were doing some renovations to it and so no one was allowed to enter inside.
  • Free entrance. Check the prayers time before you visit, since it's a functioning mosque, and better you come when the prayer is finished if you are not Muslim, so you don't have to wait outside. Also make sure you are dressed appropriately, ladies long skirts or trousers and scarf or something to cover your head, they have spare covers, but I don't consider it very hygienic. For men no shorts only long trousers. As well you will need to remove your shoes before you enter the mosque.
  • The treasure of the blue mosque is in its exterior. However, it's a meaningful journey to explore the interior as well, walk without shoes a cross the carpet and look up at the beautiful designs and intricate decor.

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