Visit to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul: How to get there, prices and advice

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If you are in Istanbul or are planning a trip to the capital of Turkey, you cannot miss the visit of very famous Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish.

It is not a simple mosque, but a real one center of social lifeas well as a veritable Islamic architectural masterpiece and the religious symbol of the city.

Index

  1. How to reach us
  2. Costs and timetables
  3. Visiting the Sultanahmet Camii: Useful Tips
  4. History, curiosities and practical info: what to know about the Blue Mosque in brief
  5. User questions and comments

How to reach us

  • On foot: from the Hagia Sophia museum, walk for 5 minutes taking Sultan Ahmet Parki.
  • By metro: From Istanbul airport take M1A direction Yenikapi to Zeytinburnu Metro Station (6 stops) and then tram T1.
  • By tram: From Zeytinburnu Station, T1 tram towards Kabatas for 15 stops and get off at Sultanahmet.
  • Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/YsDmiHPqMh12

Costs and timetables

  • every day, except Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30, from 13:00 to 14:30 and from 15:30 to 16:45; on Friday opening at 13pm.
  • Ticket: free entry.
  • Prohibitions: non-faithful entry into the mosque is prohibited during prayer. The Mihrab, the mimber and the loggia are not open to tourists.

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

  • Istanbul Highlight: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar from € 59,00 - Discover the offer
  • 7-hour guided tour with lunch included: from € 70,00 - Discover the offer
  • Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment: from € 50,00 - Discover the offer

Visiting the Sultanahmet Camii: Useful Tips

  • Clothing: to be admitted to the mosque, it is necessary to respect certain dress rules. First, take off your shoes and put them in the plastic bag that is given away at the entrance. Men must have trousers at least below the knee and shirts with at least half sleeves. Women must wear skirts below the knee and cover their hair with a veil, which can be borrowed for free at the entrance. The veil must be placed over the head and turned around the neck, taking care to perfectly cover the shoulders as well.
  • Inside the mosque: remember that you are in a place of worship and therefore it is necessary to maintain an appropriate attitude: do not use the flash, speak in a low voice and do not annoy those who are in prayer.
  • When to go: it seems that the best time to visit is mid-morning.

History, curiosities and practical info: what to know about the Blue Mosque in brief

The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmed I, who used public money for the first time in the history of Turkey. The name comes from the turquoise Iznik tiles that adorn the walls, columns and arches. The mosque is decorated with over 250 windows that fill it with light giving it a unique atmosphere and is located near the church of Santa Sofia. A relevant peculiarity is that it is the second mosque in the world by number of minarets: it has 6 of them and only the mosque of Mecca surpasses it.

If you come from the Sultanahmet Gardens you will notice the Church of Santa Sofia in contrast to the Blue Mosque: the two buildings are both wonderful and complement each other as the Muslim and Christian religions have always done in Turkey. The main entrance to the mosque features a series of domes that give a sense of depth to the building. The dome is supported by four elephant-footed pillars. Inside, large Ottoman chandeliers decorate the rows of arabesque paintings.
The location of the Blue Mosque is so central to the places of interest in Istanbul that you can use it as a starting point to then go and discover this wonderful city with over 2.700 years of history, always between East and West.






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