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Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) Tours

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Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
Explore the grandeur of Ottoman architecture at the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), located on Istanbul’s Old City peninsula. Opened in 1616 to rival the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) across the way, the six minarets punctuating the Istanbul skyline and 20,000 blue Iznik tiles decorating its interior are designed to inspire awe.
 
The Basics
The Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s top attractions and offers the opportunity to visit an active place of worship in the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood. Stroll through the airy courtyard and pause to soak up the atmosphere inside the mosque’s vast and curvaceous interior under cascading domes.
 
Most small-group and private tours combine a visit to the Blue Mosque with a broader exploration of the Sultanahmet neighborhood, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Blue Mosque is a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.
  • Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as you will remove them when you enter the mosque.
  • Headscarves for women are provided at the entrance to the mosque.
  • Make sure to cover your knees and shoulders before entering.
  • The mosque is closed to visitors during prayer times.
  • In an effort to keep the carpet clean, wheelchair users must use one of the wheelchairs provided by the mosque.
 
How to Get There
The Blue Mosque is located in the heart of the Sultanahmet district, across from the Hagia Sophia Museum. It’s a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop and a slightly longer walk from the Eminonu ferry terminal. Taxis are another option; there is limited parking in Sultanahmet so it is not recommended to drive.

When to Get There
Get to the Blue Mosque early, before the crowds arrive. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims during prayer times, which are listed in front of the mosque and also online. Prayer times are longer on Fridays. Muslim and Turkish holidays can also affect opening hours, so check before visiting.

What to Wear to a Mosque in Istanbul
Though scarves and cover-ups are provided, it helps to dress appropriately when you visit a mosque in Istanbul. Women should cover their heads, shoulders, and knees, while men should wear long pants instead of shorts. Bring a spare scarf and wear a short-sleeve shirt with a long skirt or pants for maximum convenience and comfort. And be prepared to remove your shoes.
Address: Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Marmara 34122, Turkey
Admission: Free
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Istanbul half city tour with guide .Private tour included hagia sofia musuem,basilica cistern,blue mosque.Skip lines . icludes:museum tickets
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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

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Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Blue Mosque - Guided site visit

Blue Mosque - Guided site visit

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Avoid the crowds and receive an intimate guided tour of the renowned Blue Mosque. Visit this incredible site constructed between 1609 and 1616, which still functions as a mosque today with daily prayers. See the impressive courtyard and magnificent interior: adorned with hand-painted blue tiles. Explore the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes, and learn fascinating details from your knowledgeable guide.
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
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Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Tour

Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Tour

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Go on a journey back in time and explore the Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square, which is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Discover the city's centuries-old Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, learn about Istanbul's rich history from your licensed guide. Highlights: - Discover Byzantine and Ottoman relics - Learn more about the fascinating history of Istanbul - Discover some of the city’s most important historical sites - Get a sense for the culture both past and present - Explore the Hippodrome with its two obelisks and the Serpentine Column - Visit the German Fountain, a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II - See the magnificent Palace of Ibrahim Pasha - Marvel at the beautiful Blue Mosque - Stroll through the courtyards of the Blue Mosque - Stay inside the Blue Mosque as long as you want Discover all historical buildings from outside that surround the ancient imperial square. Your guide will take you through the ages of Istanbul - from antiquity to modern times.
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  • 45 minutes
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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

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See the sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour that takes in the city’s famous historical landmarks and cultural sites. See Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Entrance fees are included, as is hotel pickup and drop-off for your convenience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

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Behold the magnificent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque on this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour of Istanbul’s best monuments. You will delve into the complex culture of Istanbul as you discover its famous monuments intertwined history. Not only will you see the beauty of Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque, but explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the German Fountain. People are limited to 15 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

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Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
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  • 8 hours
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Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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Discover Ottoman history at the Blue Mosque and the illustrious Topkapi Palace during this guided morning tour in Istanbul. See Istanbul’s most famous monuments and enjoy a visit to the Hippodrome once the heart of Constantinople.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Istanbul’s Ottoman Experience Including Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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

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Marvel at Istanbul’s best Ottoman sites during this 4-hour private guided tour of the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. This tour captures the essence of why the Sultanahmet district is a  UNESCO World Heritage site. You will learn about the history of Istanbul dating back to its former Ottoman days as Constantinople. Plus, hear old stories about the reign of sultans from your expert guide and admire architecture and ancient relics within each famous attraction.
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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

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Discover the mighty monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, as you journey through Istanbul’s vibrant past on this full-day small-group tour by luxury minivan. Explore the infamous harem and dazzling treasury of Topkapi Palace; stand in awe beneath the magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia; and learn how the Hippodrome was once used for chariot races. With numbers limited to 12, you’ll enjoy personalised attention from your guide, who can help you haggle for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, or offer insight into religious traditions as you visit the Blue Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

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Make the most of your time at the Port of Istanbul with a 4-hour, private shore excursion to the city’s most iconic sites. Visit Hippodrome Square, where charioteers and horsemen competed for thousands of cheering Byzantines, then explore the exquisite interior of the Blue Mosque. See the slender minarets and domes, gleaming mosaics and frescoes in Hagia Sophia, a stunning example of Byzantine art and architecture. Finish your tour at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, and get insider advice on finding carpets, handicrafts and souvenirs at thousands of stalls.
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Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Basilica Cistern - Blue Mosque - Spice Market

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Discover the highlights of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historic 'old town' on this half-day walking tour. Join your guide for a curated Istanbul experience, and avoid common Sultanahmet experiences like getting lost or being targeted by aggressive touts. Learn all about storied sites like the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern from your English-speaking guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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3-Day Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

3-Day Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

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Take in Istanbul’s headline acts and enjoy plenty of free time to explore independently on this 3-day tour, including accommodation and airport transfers. With a maximum of 14 on this small-group tour, you’ll enjoy personal attention from your guide as you visit sights like the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace on a full-day city tour. Spend time strolling around the stunning Hagia Sophia; admire the dazzling interiors of the Blue mosque and shop for souvenirs in the maze-like Grand Bazaar. 
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Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Private Tour

Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Private Tour

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Tick off two of Istanbul's most renowned landmarks on this private, double-duty tour, which makes stops at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Enjoy a half-day of in-depth sightseeing with your own personal guide, covering the highlights without the crowds. Tours include stops for a sampling of tasty treats along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Shore Excursions - Blue Mosque - Guided site visit

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Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

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The best place to see the cultural transformation of Istanbul is Hagia Sophia. Discover how this beautiful landmark has changed throughout the years. From being the biggest Catholic church in the world to later being turned into a mosque by the Ottomans. Hagia Sophia now welcomes its visitors virtually as a museum full of cultural gems. Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. And here's where the Blue Mosque come to play. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the Muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. Are you ready to explore it?
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Istanbul Small Group City Tour: Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, St Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Get up close to some of Istanbul’s most photographed landmarks on this full-day small-group tour, including lunch. Stand in awe beneath the shimmering dome of the Blue Mosque, explore the exquisite interiors of Hagia Sophia and take a peek at the Sultan’s quarters and harem of Topkapi Palace. You’ll also have chance to visit the byzantine Hippodrome and wander the maze of stalls in the famous Grand Bazaar.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

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Join a small-group walking tour of the two most famous monuments in Istanbul: the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and witness the local life with a professional guide. Experience the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture in the Blue Mosque. Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to the world-famous Hagia Sophia. Discover the history and culture of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. Get tips from your guide at the end of the tour to continue exploring Istanbul independently.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Shore Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar

Private Shore Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar

Visit several top attractions in Istanbul on a private full-day tour that offers a more personalized experience of the busy city. Benefit from the knowledge of your guide as you navigate popular UNESCO World Heritage sites that include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. You’ll also walk around the Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar on a tour that includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Discover the top 5 sites in Sultanahmet on this 8-hour tour. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Ancient Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar in a small group walking tour. Enjoy skip the line priority admission and never wait in a line again. The word "Hagia" in Greek means "Divine" and "Sophia" means "Wisdom", "Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom. Blue Mosque The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. Hippodrome and Obelisks The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one of the most famous areas in Byzantine. Grand Bazaar The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city. Lunch Break Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court, It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Classic Istanbul Tour Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Classic Istanbul Tour Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) costs USD 400.00. Guided Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) tours start around USD 400.00 per person. See all 549 Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) tickets and tours on Viator.
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