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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), Istanbul

An emblem of the Turkish and Islamic art, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is a place, both of meditation and admiration. This prominent building is listed on the itinerary of every tourist who comes to Istanbul. Built during the reign of Ahmed I, the Blue Mosque (aka Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) derives its name from the blue colored tiles of the walls used in its construction. It is also called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, as it houses the resting place of its founder. The mosque has a madrasa. There is also a provision of medical aid at the mosque.

Even though there are three entrances to the mosque, it is suggested to enter the mosque from the west direction for panoramic views. The sybaritic curves of the mosque, the commodious courtyards, sky-reaching minarets, make this Ottoman mosque a doozy of religious places. The interior decor of the mosque is lavishly decorated with the psychedelic paintings. The stained glass and tiles generate luminous effects to complement the vistas. More than 20,000 recherché Iznik tiles were used to embellish the interiors of the mosque.

Travel Tips

  • Remove your shoes and put them in plastic bags that are available at the mosque (without any charges).
  • Cover your head with coverings that are provided at the entrance, free of cost.
  • Flash photography is prohibited inside the mosque.
  • Maintain silence in the mosque.
  • When you return, put the used plastic bags in the designated dustbins and return the head coverings.

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Blue Mosque Location Map

Facts about Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)

  • The construction of the mosque began in 1609, and got completed in 1616.
  • The Blue Mosque is the sole mosque in the world that was originally constructed with six minarets.
  • The architect Mehmet Ağa designed this mosque.
  • The coordinates of the Blue Mosque are 41.0055° N, 28.9774° E

Where is Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)?

Located in the Street Atmeydanı Caddesi, the Blue Mosque is about 20 km away from the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. It can be reached within 28 minutes via the Kennedy Cd route. The mosque can also be reached using Light Tram or Metro lines. The nearest Sultanahmet Station is about 200 meters away from the mosque.

Address: Sultanahmet Cami, 34122 Sultanahmet, Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 518 13 19
Fax: +90 212 458 44 66

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) Hours

The mosque opens at the following timings:

On Saturdays to Thursdays:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • 2:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On Fridays:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The mosque is closed to non worshippers five times in a day, for about 90 minutes, while offering daily prayers.

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Best time to visit Blue Mosque

If you are a non-Muslim, you must avoid your visit during the prayer time, as the mosque is crowded. Also, on Fridays, the time from late morning through early afternoon should be avoided. The best time to visit is the mid-morning time.

Points of interest near the Blue Mosque : Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Pamukkale, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Mount Nemrut, Topkapı Palace, and Temple of Artemis.

Published On: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014