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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul and is one of the last great mosques built in the classical Ottoman style. Visitors can enjoy the stunning exterior, which boasts 6 soaring minarets, or explore the interior to see its glorious domes.
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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour
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Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour
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Istanbul: City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque
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General information

opening hours

The mosque is an active place of worship and doesn’t have formal opening hours. Please be aware that the mosque will be closed to tourists for the 6 daily prayers, for about 45 minutes before the call to prayer and 30 minutes afterward. If you would like to join for prayer during these times you are welcome, but those who prefer not to are asked to wait until the prayers are over.


There is no entrance fee for visiting the Blue Mosque, though donations to help fund maintenance are appreciated. The opportunity to donate will be available at the exit.


Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi
Atmeydanı Cd. No:7
34122 Fatih/İstanbul

how to get there

The Blue Mosque is a short walk from the tram stop Sultanahmet (T1) and from bus stop Akbıyık (81, BN1, BN2, and YT-1). It’s also a short walk from the Hagia Sophia and a number of Istanbul’s most popular museums.


Please be aware that as a place of worship visitors are asked to dress appropriately. For men this means sleeved tops and long trousers, for women, this means sleeved tops, long skirts or trousers, and a scarf to cover their hair. Visitors will be asked to remove their shoes before entering the mosque, a plastic bag will be provided so that you can carry them with you.
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