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  • Address: Sultanahmet Park
  • Hours: Open daily, closed during prayer times
  • Admission: Free

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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

Sultan Ahmet Camii, the Blue Mosque, was built by the sultan of the same name to out-wow the adjacent Aya Sofia.

Built in the early 1600s, on the site of Constantinople’s Great Palace, the ‘blue’ comes from the blue tiled walls and dome. The blue tiles, latticework and carved marble are highlights of the interior.

Outside, the mosque’s sequence of flattened domes is circled by six pointed minarets.

Practical Info

Non-Muslims can visit outside prayer times; the door for visitors is on the Hippodrome side of the building. You need to remove your shoes before entering, and women need to wear a headscarf.

The Blue Mosque is in Sultanahmet, opposite Aya Sofia. The best way to appreciate its beauty is to approach from the Hippodrome side.

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Private Tour: Istanbul’s Ottoman Experience Including Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Discover three top Istanbul attractions in the city’s UNESCO-listed Sultanahmet neighborhood on a 4-hour private tour! While learning about the Ottoman days of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.75

Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Visit Istanbul’s must-see sites on this 3.5-hour small-group walking tour of the city. With an expert guide at your side explaining Istanbul’s contrasting ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.62

Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Spend the morning exploring Istanbul's Ottoman past at the enchanting Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

The Best of Istanbul Skip the Line Hagia Sophia Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

See the best of the historic Sulthanmet area of Istanbul on this intimate small group tour. Traveling with a hand-picked local guide, you’ll save hours ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00

Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Admire the best of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul on this full-day tour of this endlessly absorbing city. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1088 Reviews

Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Istanbul City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

See top Istanbul attractions around every corner on a full-day tour of the incredible Sultanahmet neighborhood, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.24

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 178 Reviews

Take a hassle-free tour of Istanbul's most famous attractions with your own private guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized attention on your private ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.68

Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

If you want to pack Istanbul’s highlights into one fascinating day, this full-day tour, including a Bosphorus cruise, obliges. With an expert guide, skip the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.00

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