Sultanahmet Meydanı, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
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Expert review of Blue Mosque
Also known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, after the Ottoman ruler who had it built in the early 1600s to compete with Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque gets its more common name from the thousands of blue tiles in its main halls. Outside, the six minarets make the building distinctive – and initially controversial, as they rivalled the number at the main mosque in Mecca.
More information on Blue Mosque:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Religious site
- Sultanahmet Meydanı, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
- 0212 518 13 19
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily sunrise to sunset.