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  • Address: Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Marmara 34122, Turkey
  • Hours: Daily 9am–6pm but closes 5 times per day
  • Admission: Free

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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) Tours

A distinct Istanbul landmark, the world-famous Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii in Turkish) opened in 1616 and is renowned for its slender minarets and collection of domes. The Sultan Ahmet I conceived the structure as a project to rival the nearby Byzantine Hagia Sofia—formerly a church and now a museum—which stands opposite the mosque in the city's busiest square. The Blue Mosque was constructed over the site of an ancient hippodrome and Byzantine palace, and although much of the original complex was torn down in the 19th century, what remains today is one of the most beautiful mosques in Turkey.

Guarded by its six minarets, topped by its cascading domes and built around an enormous internal courtyard, the mosque's vast and curvaceous, vaulted interior is ablaze with 20,000 delicate blue Iznik tiles—after which it gets its moniker of the Blue Mosque—featuring flowers, garlands and intricate patterns. All are beautifully floodlit by sunlight that streams in through 260 stained-glass windows.

The Blue Mosque can be visited on a small-group or private tour of the Sultanahmet neighborhood and is often paired with tours of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome. Full-day options may cover the rest of Istanbul and also include a Bosphorous cruise, lunch or visits to sites such as the Grand Bazaar and the Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern).

Practical Info

Located at Meydani 21 in Istanbul's Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque is open daily from 9am–6pm but closes for 90 minutes around each of five daily prayer times. Non-Muslims can visit outside prayer times and must use the northern entrance in the Hippodrome façade of the mosque to visit. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All visitors must remove shoes, cover legs and shoulders, while women must wear shawls around their heads (available outside the mosque). The tram can be taken to Sultanahmet, and the mosque can be accessed via the northern entrance.

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, ... 
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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This 8 hours tour starts at Hippodrome Square continues to the Blue Mosque as one of the landmarks of the city. Then visit to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar, ... 
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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Enjoy this 4 hours tour with visits to the highlights of the old city. Firstly visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia. After here continue to ...  Read more

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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

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Immerse in Istanbul's UNESCO-listed Old City and visit the highlights of the ancient city of Constantinople on this 9-hour, small-group sightseeing tour led ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.02
Istanbul Classics: Hagia Sophia Topkapi Palace Blue Mosque Hippodromme, Istanbul, City Tours
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Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Highlights of Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Highlights of Istanbul

This tour is a wonderful introduction to first time visitors.  This private tour includes the major sites of the city and your private will bring the sites ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Highlights of Istanbul, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Istanbul Full-Day Tour: Hippodrome Square, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, City ... 
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Private Istanbul Full-Day Tour: Hippodrome Square, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full Day Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Istanbul, Ports of Call Tours
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Full Day Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Explore the highlights of Sultanahmet, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires located before. Visit the UNESCO-Listed Hagia Sophia, breathe taking Blue ...  Read more

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

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Istanbul Highlights Morning Tour, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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Istanbul Highlights Morning Tour

Dive into Istanbul's rich history and discover the major sights in the heart of old city on this half-day morning tour. You will see the Blue Mosque, so called ...  Read more

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

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