Blue Mosque

Address: Sultanahmet Meydanı, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 518 13 19

- Free


One of the finest, and most famous, mosques in the world.

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.

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Expert tips

Take some time after your visit to enjoy people-watching in the busy, but peaceful gardens out front.

This is still a holy place of worship, so be respectful in your dress and behaviour, and avoid visiting during prayer times, especially the one on Fridays at midday.

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