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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)

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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 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 $39.84
Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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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, Istanbul, Bus & ... 
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The Best of Istanbul Skip the Line Hagia Sophia Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque

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

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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.)

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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 $79.69
Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Full-day ... 
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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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.)

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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 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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