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Blue Mosque

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At first glance this is thе most impressive mosque in thе city. Thе domes rise up over three steps towards thе sky, аnd nо other Islamic place оf worship apart from thе Holy Mosque in Mecca hаs six minarets. Tо atone fоr this sacrilege, аn additional minaret hаd tо bе constructed in Mecca. Thе so-called Blue Mosque wаs built by Mehmet Ağa, а student оf thе master Sinan, аt thе beginning оf thе 17th century аnd it tore а big hole in thе state coffers. However, thе effort wаs worth it fоr posterity. Even thе forecourts оf thе mosque, built opposite Hagia Sophia, аrе impressive thanks tо their sheer size. Thе dominant features inside аrе thе blue tiles, thе rеd carpet аnd thе huge lights which hang down from thе domed ceiling. From а number оf thе 260 windows - many оf them аrе stained-glass - yоu cаn look оut over thе Sеа оf Marmara оr into а pretty little mosque garden. Thе so-called sultan's mosques still feature large foundations. Thе Blue Mosque wаs also once surrounded by а foundation complex (külliye), which also included а theological college (medrese), а hospital, а caravansary аnd soup kitchens. Of this complex, only thе kitchens аnd thе tomb (türbe) оf Sultan Ahmet I аrе still preserved today. On his visit tо Istanbul in 2006, Pope Benedict also came tо thе Blue Mosque аnd spent а while here praying. Tourists enter thе mosque through а special entrance, non-Muslim women dо nоt need tо cover their heads.

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Number of user reviews:594.6
  • Blue Mosque

    Amazingly big, but didn't have the wow factor as Hagia Sophia. Save your 20 TL for Hagia Sophia or the Basilica Cistern, which out do this Mosque. Still a nice picture from the outside.

  • Blue Mosque

    Very impressive. Do arrive 20 minutes before the doors open to non-muslims, or the queue can take an hour.

  • Blue Mosque

    It was a very tiring walk from hotel Kupeli to blue mosque. They said 10 min - it took the old man 25 min. But was worth it. Excellent.

  • Blue Mosque

    The visitor centre intro was great. Helped understand some of the history and meaning. Stunning architecture.

  • Blue Mosque

    The best mosque in the world, Istanbul is the best city in the world without a doubt and is full of history with surprises.

  • Blue Mosque

    Impressive and free entrance, but best when not crowdy (try the evening hours). Scarves to cover knees and shoulders are given at the entrance.

  • Blue Mosque

    Amazing building and a reminder of the beauty of buildings under Islam.

  • Blue Mosque

    It was obviously quiet season and was peaceful but I preferred aya Sophia.

  • Blue Mosque

    Must visit

  • Blue Mosque

    We visited after dusk which I believe is unusual. As stunning as the first time I saw it. This time they did ask is to wear head scarves which is a slight shift. However they had them there if we hadn't brought our own. A definite must see.

  • Blue Mosque

    I spent 4 hours in the same area and I prayed inside as well. There are many shops outside and many restaurants also, you will enjoy it.

  • Blue Mosque

    My wife really liked it but I wasn't moved nearly as much. It was very busy and not very peaceful. If you can step aside from the hurly burly then you will find it very beautiful.

  • Blue Mosque

    Incroyable, majestueux, voir absolument !!!!!

  • Blue Mosque

    Excelente! Me gusto mucho mas que Santa Sofía.

  • Blue Mosque

    Toll

  • Blue Mosque

    Tappa obbligata, e ne vale assolutamente la pena!

  • Blue Mosque

    Fantastica, si respira tutta l'aria di questo paese, compreso l'odore dei piedi!! Da visitare assolutamente :)

  • Blue Mosque

    Non si riesce a stare piu di 5 minuti per la puzza nauseante di piedi. Peccato.

  • Blue Mosque

    Mérite mille fois son nom de mosquée bleue. A ne pas manquer.

  • Blue Mosque

    Stupenda da visitare assolutamente.

  • Blue Mosque

    Incontournable !!!

  • Blue Mosque

    Immanquable. Symbole de la ville d'Istanbul... À visiter de jour comme de nuit.

  • Blue Mosque

    Imperdibile.

  • Blue Mosque

    Senza dubbio la cosa piu' affascinante da visitare.

  • Blue Mosque

    Un gran sitio por si tienes que hacer tus oraciones. Las cúpulas cuidadas hasta el mínimo detalle y las cristaleras de una gran variedad de tonalidades y coloridos. La única pega, el olor a pies en su interior debido a la gran afluencia de gente y que obviamente se tiene que entrar descalzo.

  • Blue Mosque

    Recomendable para cualquier visitante.

  • Blue Mosque

    Impresionante en todos los aspectos.

  • Blue Mosque

    Super.

  • Blue Mosque

    Sicuramente da vedere. Le ceramiche sono meravigliose. Questo e' un luogo fa visitare.

  • Blue Mosque

    Beeindruckend. Erstbesuch einer Moschee. Das mit dem Geruch stimmt übrigens nur bedingt. Wenn überhaupt sind es nicht die Teppiche, sondern die Füsse der Besucher.

  • Blue Mosque

    Da vedere. Veramente bella.

  • Blue Mosque

    Unfassbar.... Einfach ein unbeschreiblicher hingucker. Und dann im dunkeln noch einmal.

  • Blue Mosque

    Magnifique édifice - à voir et à visiter absolument!!!

  • Blue Mosque

    Mosquée immanquable, cela vaut le coup malgrè le coup excessif (gratuit). Bien se couvrir les pieds en hiver !

  • Blue Mosque

    Größte und Schönste Moschee.

  • Blue Mosque

    Espectacular, visita obliglatoria. Gratuita, tan solo hay que descalzarse para entrar.

  • Blue Mosque

    La seule mosquée à 6 minarets!

  • Blue Mosque

    Exceptionnel et magnifique !

  • Blue Mosque

    Je confirme, visite après 18.00. Les consignes sont de couvrir la tête pour les femmes pour entrer dans la mosquée même, mais pas pour la cour intérieure. Pour tous, on doit se déchausser, des sacs plastiques sont à disposition pour porter vos chaussures à la main durant la visite à l'intérieur.

  • Blue Mosque

    Klasse Moschee muss jeder Besucher gesehen haben.

  • Blue Mosque

    Impresionante.

  • Blue Mosque

    L'un de mes monuments préféré ! Oh que ce bleu est beau ! En ce qui concerne les horaires on a pu entrer même après 18h (il est actuellement 18h55 et on est début octobre 2011). Contrairement à ce qui est écrit dans le descriptif les femmes doivent apparemment porter un voile (distribué à l'entrée, de couleur... bleue !) même si elles ne sont pas musulmanes. Toutes celles qui ont voulu entrer sans voile ont été obligées d'en mettre un.

  • Blue Mosque

    Très Jolie!

  • Blue Mosque

    Tappa obbligatoria, all'interno ti lascia senza fiato.

  • Blue Mosque

    Da non perdere!! Info: portarsi dei calzini se non si vuole camminare scalzi!!

  • Blue Mosque

    Superbe. L'entrée est a l'arrière de l'édifice. Sauf pour les musulmans ;-) éviter les heures de prière.

  • Blue Mosque

    F A N T A S T I S C H ! ! !

  • Blue Mosque

    Hygiene etwas fraglich: zu viele Stinkfüsse auf dem Teppich...

  • Blue Mosque

    Eine sehr schöne Moschee muss man wenn man in Istanbul ist anschauen wer er nicht tut hat was verpasst. Istanbul ist sehr schön und Groß da könnt ihr sehr viele Moscheen und Museen anschauen, aber diese Moschee müsst ihr anschauen wer nicht reingehen will muss auch nicht, aber Dan hat er was verpasst

  • Blue Mosque

    Von sehr beeindruckendes Bauwerk. Sehr interessant in stiller Teilnahme beim Freitagsgebet. Der offene Vorplatz ist dann auch mit Gläubigen gut gefüllt. Der Freitag ist daher zeitweise eher ungeeignet für eine Besichtigung.

  • Blue Mosque

    Super!!!! Am besten morgens gleich nach der Öffnung.

  • Blue Mosque

    Wunderbare Moschee , Öffnungszeiten aber bis 18.30, unbedingt ansehen.

  • Blue Mosque

    Bellissima. Peccato che nell'Hamami della moschea non facciano entrare persone singole

  • Blue Mosque

    Merita la visita, molto caratteristica

  • Blue Mosque

    Sehr schöne architektur sehr beeindruckend jedem zu empfhelen

  • Blue Mosque

    Molto interessante

  • Blue Mosque

    Merveilleuse mosquée! A voir et à revoir

  • Blue Mosque

    Fantastico. Un sito molto interessante.

  • Blue Mosque

    Sehr beeindruckendes Gebäude, aber wer keine Lust hat neben 50 sockigen Leuten zu stehen sollte draußen bleiben

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Sultanahmet Meydanı

Istanbul
Neighborhood: Fatih
Telephone: +90-212-5181319
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Entrancefree
Hours
EverydayFrom 09:00am to 06:00pm
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Subway Sultanahmet
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