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Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Mihrimah Sultan Camii) Tours

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Mihrimah Sultan Camii)
Commissioned in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent for his daughter, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Mihrimah Sultan Camii) in Edirnekapi was designed by the celebrated Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The mosque is dappled with windows that let sunlight into the space and is topped by a monumental dome. Unlike most imperial mosques, it only has one minaret.

The Basics 
The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, with delicate touches of mother-of-pearl and abundant light, is located near the ancient Theodosian Walls, not far from the historic city center. The mosque was badly damaged in earthquakes in the 18th and 19th centuries, so much of what you see is reconstructed from the original design.

Private and small-group tours of Mihrimah Sultan Mosque often visit nearby historical sites, including the Chora Museum, the Byzantine Walls, and the remains of Jewish and Greek heritage in the Fener, Balat, and Edirnekapi neighborhoods.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mihrimah Sultan Mosque is a must-visit for architecture buffs.
  • The mosque is an active place of worship. Upon entrance, women are required to cover their heads and shoulders, and men to cover their knees.
  • Prayer times can affect the opening hours of the mosque.
  • Istanbul mosques usually provide scarves to cover yourself if you don’t have one.

How to Get There 
Located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque is accessible by bus from Eminönü or Taksim Square. The mosque is also walking distance from other Edirnekapi sights, such as the Chora Museum. 

When to Get There 
The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque is open all day, but it is closed to non-Muslims during prayer times, which are usually listed in front of the mosque. Friday prayer times are longer, so time your visit to avoid these if possible. 

The Other Mihrimah Sultan Mosque
Across the water in the Asian-side neighborhood of Üsküdar is another Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, built by the same architect, Mimar Sinan. Supposedly, the sun and moon line up with the two mosques during the spring solstice. Legend has it that Mimar Sinan was in love with the princess Mihrimah Sultan and built the second mosque to show his devotion.
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Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

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Get beyond the tourist sites in Istanbul with a full-day, private tour that combines iconic destinations with atmospheric neighborhoods often overlooked by visitors. Explore a historic university and a series of Christian landmarks, old city walls and a Byzantine prison. Soak up the city’s rich history at an Ottoman mosque and the Chora Museum, whose vivid Byzantine mosaics depict early Christianity. See a palace and a 15th-century synagogue gate, Panagia Blachernae Church and a bustling street full of small shops and stalls stocked with local handicrafts and souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Ottoman and Byzantine Relics-Less known mosques, city walls,local markets

Ottoman and Byzantine Relics-Less known mosques, city walls,local markets

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This is a package of different activities combined for those who don't want to do the same and similar things all day. This tour appeals to those who likes see the different face of Istanbul. We will start with the Topkapı palace where the Ottomans used to control the empire for four hundred of years. Your guide will bring to the live with the stories from the Harem, about the Grand viziers to Sultan skills and weakness. We then will walk off the main touristy part of the city to little known Şehzade mosque which was built for the Sultan's son Mehmet who died in a young age. We will be looking at the Roman aqueduct which has been challenging to the centuries. These are the part of the city where you will only see yourself among the many locals. We will continue to Chora museum which has some the most beautiful and oldest icons in the world. And finally get scrubbed at a non touristy bath house to relax and wash the dirt and the stress away.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.93
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Price varies by group size
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Istanbul Asian Side a Üsküdar and Kadıköy Tour

Istanbul Asian Side a Üsküdar and Kadıköy Tour

Begin this fun-filled walking tour in the Asian Section of Turkey's grand capital with hotel pick-up.Get dropped off at one of the stations of Marmaray in the European side of Istanbul.Your guide will regale you with his stories and commentary of the Üsküdar and Kadıköy districts and their popular attractions.You will visit the consecrated halls of the historic mosques and get to know how religion plays an important part in the lifestyle of many citizens. The walking tour also comes with a free meal at a beloved traditional restaurant; feasting on a Turkish dish is another intimate way to get to know the local culture. Continue on to Kadikoy, which is historically known as Chalcedon, literally meaning the ‘City of the Blind.’ Here you'll see old but beautiful buildings as well as a bumbling fish market and other complexes. To cap off this fantastic walking tour, you will go on a ferryboat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, which makes up the boundary between Europe and Asia.
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  • 8 hours
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