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- 98%History Buffs
- 87%Art & Design Lovers
- 82%Local Culture
- 73%Spiritual Seekers
- 60%Family Travelers
- 53%Budget Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
User Reviews (149 Reviews)
- Blue MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Nov 01, 2013
A beautiful Mosque built in the early 1600's by Ahmed 1. The legend is that the Sultan wanted gold minarets for this mosque, however the architects misinterpreted him and built 6 minarets instead. For a long time it held the record for most minarets, not however there is the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi with 10 minarets in Medina and the Al-Masjid al-Harām in Mecca with 9 Minarets.
The inside of the blue mosque is really it's greatest feature. it combines centuries of Byzantine architecture, mimicking aspects of the Hagia Sophie while also incorporating classic Ottoman Islamic features. If you happen to be in Sultanahmet I would suggest checking it out. If you are lucky and get in before 11:30 sometimes they let you stay to watch the noon prayer.
However on the down side the Blue Mosque is the most 'touresty' mosque in Istanbul and constantly smells of dirty feet. If Mosque architecture and designs are not new to you, I would suggest checking out my personal favorite, the Süleymaniye Mosque
- Blue MosqueMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
The Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet Square dominates the skyline and I found myself obsessed with its beauty.
The inside is an architectural wonder as well.
With the beautiful stained glass windows and the mosaics it is a "must see" in Istanbul.
- Blue MosqueFeb 20, 2014
Visiting the Blue Mosque is one of my favorite memories of Istanbul. It is simply stunning, worth the wait in line, and like nothing else I'd ever seen. I think what impressed me most was the sheer height of the mosque - standing in the center and gazing up at the ceiling was pretty overwhelming (in a good way). Even children can appreciate the magnitude of this place; my brother, who was 9 or so at the time of our visit, still fondly remembers the mosque and how we pretended it was our mansion, assigning different rooms as our own.
- Blue MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Oct 23, 2013
Yes, this is a beautiful mosque, but with the huge crowds, it kind of loses its impact. My regards to the observant who manage to focus with the quiet hubbub going on. I'd say it's good to see, but I prefer the smaller, less crowded mosques, even if not as grand, they are still beautiful.
- Blue MosqueOct 16, 2013
The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") dominate the skyline of Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. These two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square, and it is up to visitors to decide which is more impressive.
- Blue MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
The Blue Mosque is the most famous mosque in Istanbul. There's a saying in the city that Hagia Sophia has the most brilliant interior while from outside Sultanahmet is the more impressive building. It's certainly the biggest mosque in the city and the only one that has six minarets. It's design is standard Ottoman architecture perfectly executed. It has a grand courtyard with a sadirvan while the main building is essentially domes and half-domes piled on top of one another. Inside Sultanahmet is impressive but in my opinion Rustem Pasha and the Sulymaniye are more beautiful.
Sultanahmet is one of the most heavily visited tourist sites in Istanbul. Thus, Muslims are allowed to enter from the main courtyard while tourists are required to enter by a side entrance. Women must cover their hair and everyone has to take off their shoes.
- Blue MosqueMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Sep 09, 2013
This was the first mosque I've every visited, so I can't really compare it there but architecturally and culturally this was a very impressive visit. Tours are free but the times are restricted for prayers and Friday services. Dress code in the mosque is strict, but baggies for your shoes and coverings for heads, knees and shoulders are provided at the entrance. Because this is an active religious building you can't go beyond the main room (unlike Hagai Sophia which allowed more access) but what you can see is stunning and well worth a visit.
- Blue MosqueCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
The Blue Mosque is quite impressive, though brace yourself for a healthy line and the removal of your shoes. On hot days, this can be a pain, but keep in perspective where you are and your expectations will fall in line.
The interior, with its lights and religious depictions, offers a fair amount of awe. Even in the crowd, it's easy to feel somewhat at peace here.
There is a paid restroom outside that's a tad filthy. If you head toward Hagia Sophia, there is a free one near the ice cream and newspaper stands to the right after the fountain.
Finally, if you choose to make a donation to the mosque, make sure you donate to the official organization that gives you back a receipt confirmation.
- Blue MosqueAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Aug 07, 2013
Seen from above, it's undoubtedly Istanbul's most celebrated landmark. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It is also known for its six minarets gracing the sky, one of the very few in the world to have that number, as most common is only four. You will be asked to take your shoes off to enter the sacred sanctuary, and to show respect, it is also advised to cover your head if you're a woman. Muslim men have to undergo the Islamic washing ritual of Wudu before entering the mosque for prayer.
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Aliases: Sultanahmet Mosque, The Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Camii, Sultan Ahmed Mosque