Istanbul Blue Mosque Facts, History, Hours, Visit 2018

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Istanbul Blue Mosque Visit, Hours, History

Istanbul Blue Mosque is commonly known as Sultan Ahmed or Sultanahmet Mosque

Imperial Istanbul Blue Mosque is one of the three top sights in this historic city. Famous triangle; Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Blue Mosque are the most important sights in the center of the Istanbul Old City.

Blue Interior Design With Tiles

The mosque is called as Blue Mosque by foreign visitors because color of the interior design is dominantly blue. You might be disappointed if you are looking for completely blue walls, because the blue iznik tiles are mostly located in the inaccessible upper galleries. There is actually more than one color in the decoration of the mosque such as yellow, red and green.

Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior Decoration Picture-Photo

Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior, Inside Photos Dome and Decorations

Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior Design and Ottoman Architecture © Serhat Engul

Blue Mosque History, Architect, Ottoman Architecture

The mosque is built from 1609 to 1616 (7 years only). 6000 workers were engaged in the construction process. Mosque is considered as the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefkar Mehmet Agha. He is known as the student of famous Ottoman Architect Sinan. The blue mosque is built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantine Empire.

Sultan Ahmed lived only 28 years and reigned for 14 years. Fortunately, he was able to see the mosque completed before he died. However, he was able to enjoy his great masterpiece only for a year.

There are six minarets and a great cascade of domes, which provide a unique view. The way to properly appreciate the architecture of the Blue Mosque is to walk towards it from the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Park side. You can see cascading domes and six impressive minarets. This is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.

Blue Mosque Adorned With Blue Tiles – Istanbul Blue Mosque Inside Photo

Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior, Inside Photos Dome and Pillars

Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior, Inside Photos © Serhat Engul

Opening-Visiting Hours For The Blue Mosque 2018

Because of the large crowds and the fact that it is an active mosque, you have to plan your visit to Blue Mosque carefully. The mosque is closed to touristic visit for some time before call to prayer and half an hour afterwards. It is also closed for half a day on Friday (until 14:30/2:30pm) because of Muslim holy day.

You should check the praying times carefully. It is listed outside of the mosque every day. Moreover, there is a phone number to call in order to learn about the visiting hours. There is a recording on the other side of the phone giving you the times in Turkish! You can ask from your hotel’s front desk to listen to it and tell you the available times.

Sultanahmet Mosque Visiting or Opening Hours Phone Number Operator

Istanbul Blue Mosque Opening Hours, Visiting Times Official Information

Istanbul Blue Mosque Opening Hours, Visiting Times Phone Number

Most Beautiful Mosques Of Istanbul To Visit Recommendation

Sultan Ahmet Mosque is an impressive mosque but it is actually not more attractive than some other mosques in Istanbul. If you cannot stand crowds, you could substitute this mosque with one of the imperial mosques and have a similar, but less noisy, less crowded and longer visit.

Further Reading: Imperial Mosques Of Istanbul

Beautiful Ottoman Imperial Mosques To Visit in Istanbul Old City

New Mosque (left) and Süleymaniye Mosque (right-behind) of Istanbul

New Mosque (left) and Süleymaniye Mosque (right-behind) of Istanbul © Serhat Engul

Istanbul Blue Mosque Dress Code, Visiting Rules, Headscarf Etiquette

Istanbul Blue Mosque Dress Code, Headscarf

Blue Mosque Dress Code – How To Wear Properly?

There is a strict dress code for the Blue Mosque. Women have to wear headscarf and their shoulders and legs must be covered. If you are not prepared beforehand, you can easily borrow a scarf for your head or a robe for your body. They are given by the kiosk at the touristic entrance free of charge! Men should wear a trouser or they can borrow a sheet to wrap around their waist to cover the legs.

Further Reading: Mosque Etiquette For Tourists In Istanbul

Sultanahmet Blue Mosque Visiting Information, Directions, Location

If you are a non-worshipping visitor, you have to enter by the door on the south side of the Blue Mosque (to the right as you enter from the Hippodrome – please check the map above for directions) If you enter from the Hagia Sophia side, the touristic entrance is on the opposite side of the mosque. Only the worshippers are allowed from main entrance which is placed at the main courtyard.

Blue Mosque Exterior, Outside, Courtyard, Minarets, Dome Photo

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Blue Mosque Main Courtyard © Serhat Engul

Other Istanbul Mosques: Ottoman Sultan Suleiman Süleymaniye Mosque

The Blue Mosque is the one mosque known by every one that’s why all the visitors to Istanbul feel that they have to visit it but we have to admit that there are several other Ottoman Mosques which are as good as or even better than the Blue Mosque. The finest example is the Süleymaniye Mosque. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent (Kanuni Sultan Süleyman) at the peak of the Ottoman Empire, midst 16th Century and designed by the greatest Turkish architect Mimar Sinan.

Suleymaniye Mosque As Other Imperial Ottoman Mosque By Sultan Suleiman

Suleymaniye Mosque As Other Imperial Ottoman Mosque By Sultan Suleiman

Suleymaniye Mosque As Imperial Mosques other than Istanbul Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Private Tours By Local Tour Guides

A tour guide can take you inside the museums with fast track advantage. You have priority with your tour guide in Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. However Blue Mosque is only place that guided tour groups are obliged to wait in the line.

Blue Mosque Monumental Gate

Istanbul Blue Mosque Imperial Entrance Gate - Blue Mosque of Turkey

Istanbul Blue Mosque Monumental Entrance Gate – Blue Mosque, Turkey

Tips To Get Inside Blue Mosque Faster – Get Rid of The Long Lines

Your guide can find solutions even for this issue. Cruise groups mostly cause long lines in the Blue Mosque. They visit mosque as the first thing in the morning from 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. so you can skip the Blue Mosque and do something else in the meantime. You can come back before the midday prayer and have enough time to visit. The mosque opens for touristic visit at 08:30 and stays open until around 12:00.

Blue Mosque How To Get To Entrance & How To Visit Location Map

Istanbul Blue Mosque How To Get To & How To Visit Location Map

Istanbul Blue Mosque Visit Location, Directions, Map – Blue Mosque, Turkey


Blue Mosque Entrance Fee 2018

There is no admission fee required for Blue Mosque. Neither for other operating mosques of the city. Entering the functional mosques free in Istanbul. No matter if you are local or stranger.


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Istanbul Blue Mosque Architecture, Facts, Hours, History, Visiting Rules, Dress Code 2018

Istanbul Blue Mosque Facts, History, Hours, Visit 2018 was last modified: December 2nd, 2017 by Serhat Engül
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