About Blue Mosque

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The Blue Mosque, or Sultanahmet Camii as it’s known in Turkish, stands as a monument of historical significance in the heart of Istanbul. This architectural masterpiece owes its nickname to the intricate blue tiles adorning its interior walls. Constructed between 1609 and 1616 under the patronage of Ahmed I, the mosque is not only an active place of worship but also a site where history, art, and spirituality converge.

At the Blue Mosque, visitors can explore the resting place of its founder, as well as the accompanying educational madrasa and hospice, all enveloped in the mosque’s serene atmosphere. While it continues to serve the faithful, the mosque has also secured its place as a must-visit destination for travelers worldwide.

To fully appreciate the mosque’s grandeur, approach it from the Hippodrome on the West, the recommended path for non-Muslim guests. This route also serves as the entrance for visitors, offering a sweeping view of the mosque’s harmonious proportions and the cascade of domes.

Be mindful of the mosque’s schedule, as it closes to tourists briefly during the five daily prayers, a testament to its enduring religious significance.

When visiting, it’s wise to join the queue for entrance. While the line may appear daunting at first glance, rest assured it progresses quickly. Caution is advised against engaging with those who suggest you can bypass the queue, as they often have ulterior motives, such as guiding you to shops for unsolicited purchases.

By respecting these guidelines, your visit to the Blue Mosque will be an enriching experience, leaving you with a lasting impression of Istanbul’s vibrant cultural tapestry.


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