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Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)

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6,119 Reviews
Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Marmara, 34122

The Basics

The Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s top attractions and offers the opportunity to visit an active place of worship in the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood. Stroll through the airy courtyard and pause to soak up the atmosphere inside the mosque’s vast and curvaceous interior under cascading domes.

Most small-group and private tours combine a visit to the Blue Mosque with a broader exploration of the Sultanahmet neighborhood, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar.

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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$65.00 per adult
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Classic Istanbul Tour
It was a very beautiful and educational tour, Canan, our tour guide, was awesome!. She has so much knowledge and passion for the history and beauty of Istanbul which made the tour a great experience.
Zoi, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Worth it!!
Steven_H, Aug 2021
Small Group: Hagia Sophia&Blue Mosque&Grand Bazaar
Great, pleasant and knowledgeable guide who made the tour informative, fun and well worth the time and cost!!
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Selcuk was an excellent tour guide for us -- English and Spanish in our grp. He was very informative,open,enthusiastic
Greg_H, Aug 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
All of it. We appreciated every turn. Selcuk talked through the ancient history, right up to current times/events. My guess is all the guides with Karavan tours are well qualified.
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History Teacher Learning
Kristel_S, Aug 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Bring your walking shoes and explore, learn, dine and experience the great history of Turkey. Our tour guide Taner was informative, funny and helpful.
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Wonderful tour
Shatha_A, Aug 2021
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
It was a lovely tour .The guide was very informative and helpful. And the tour was conclusive and wonderful. , we were able to visit most of the important landmarks in one day , including hippodrome, sultanahmet mosque , hagia sofia , topkapi palace , grand bazar , the cistern were closed so we went to mosaic museum instead . Hotel pick up and drip off was included .
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Definitely joining the full day tour next time!
Henco_V, Jul 2021
Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque
Very well planned and executed tour. The guide was very well spoken and friendly. Would do this tour again - a must for anyone with only a few hours on their hands!
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Worth it.
Amy_J, Jul 2021
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Great tour. Amazing guide who tailored the sites to our needs gave interesting and comprehensive information and was also kind and fun to talk to. We learned so much, saw so much, and had an amazing time.
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Good Visit
Faty_B, Jun 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
I want to thank Jasmine, best guide ever. The visit was very interesting, and the explanations of the guide really clear.
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You must go for it.
Anderson_S, Aug 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Amazing experience! Or touristic guide was really friendly and he knew the details of the details about the histories of the places. Be prepared to walk a lot, but it definitely worth it.
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Informative
Saalihah_H, May 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Everything was so beautiful, the mosques, the hippodrome even the grand bazaar had some nice stores but the workers do haggle you a lot which is expected. The tour guide that we had explained everything to our group and he really knew what he was talking about, he had a lot of interesting facts and information. I won’t forget this experience
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Next best thing to being there!
Rita_C, Mar 2021
Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia
Ayfer is a wonderful guide and she brought centuries of history to life for us. Such an enjoyable tour and I was so happy to share these important destinations with family members who haven't been to Istanbul yet. And even though I have visited both buildings multiple times, I still learned so much! Hope to take a tour with Ayfer in person soon ...
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Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!
Jasmin_Kreft, Sep 2020
Classic Istanbul Tour including St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace,G.Bazaar
This tour was amazing and perfect to explore Istanbul! I booked this tour as it was my first time travelling to Istanbul and I wanted to make sure I see all the highlights in a secure way. The tour guide Zefer was very professional and caring. Due to Covid I was the only one on the tour and Zefer adapt very well and made my tour feel like a private tour. I really recommend this tour!!
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Amazing tour!
Liz_P, Jul 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Excellent tour! We enjoyed all of it as our guide was very personable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and clearly made an extra effort to engage us in the culture and traditions of Istanbul. Highly recommend him!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Blue Mosque is a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

  • Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as you will remove them when you enter the mosque.

  • Headscarves for women are provided at the entrance to the mosque.

  • Make sure to cover your knees and shoulders before entering.

  • The mosque is closed to visitors during prayer times.

  • In an effort to keep the carpet clean, wheelchair users must use one of the wheelchairs provided by the mosque.

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How to Get There

The Blue Mosque is located in the heart of the Sultanahmet district, across from the Hagia Sophia Museum. It’s a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop and a slightly longer walk from the Eminonu ferry terminal. Taxis are another option; there is limited parking in Sultanahmet so it is not recommended to drive.

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When to Get There

Get to the Blue Mosque early, before the crowds arrive. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims during prayer times, which are listed in front of the mosque and also online. Prayer times are longer on Fridays. Muslim and Turkish holidays can also affect opening hours, so check before visiting.

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What to Wear to a Mosque in Istanbul

Though scarves and cover-ups are provided, it helps to dress appropriately when you visit a mosque in Istanbul. Women should cover their heads, shoulders, and knees, while men should wear long pants instead of shorts. Bring a spare scarf and wear a short-sleeve shirt with a long skirt or pants for maximum convenience and comfort. And be prepared to remove your shoes.

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