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  • Address: Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Marmara 34122, Turkey
  • Hours: Daily 9am–6pm but closes 5 times per day
  • Admission: Free

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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) Tours

A distinct Istanbul landmark, the world-famous Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii in Turkish) opened in 1616 and is renowned for its slender minarets and collection of domes. The Sultan Ahmet I conceived the structure as a project to rival the nearby Byzantine Hagia Sofia—formerly a church and now a museum—which stands opposite the mosque in the city's busiest square. The Blue Mosque was constructed over the site of an ancient hippodrome and Byzantine palace, and although much of the original complex was torn down in the 19th century, what remains today is one of the most beautiful mosques in Turkey.

Guarded by its six minarets, topped by its cascading domes and built around an enormous internal courtyard, the mosque's vast and curvaceous, vaulted interior is ablaze with 20,000 delicate blue Iznik tiles—after which it gets its moniker of the Blue Mosque—featuring flowers, garlands and intricate patterns. All are beautifully floodlit by sunlight that streams in through 260 stained-glass windows.

The Blue Mosque can be visited on a small-group or private tour of the Sultanahmet neighborhood and is often paired with tours of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome. Full-day options may cover the rest of Istanbul and also include a Bosphorous cruise, lunch or visits to sites such as the Grand Bazaar and the Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern).

Practical Info

Located at Meydani 21 in Istanbul's Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque is open daily from 9am–6pm but closes for 90 minutes around each of five daily prayer times. Non-Muslims can visit outside prayer times and must use the northern entrance in the Hippodrome façade of the mosque to visit. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All visitors must remove shoes, cover legs and shoulders, while women must wear shawls around their heads (available outside the mosque). The tram can be taken to Sultanahmet, and the mosque can be accessed via the northern entrance.

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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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

This 8 hours tour starts at Hippodrome Square continues to the Blue Mosque as one of the landmarks of the city. Then visit to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Highlights of Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights and Nakkas Cistern, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights and Nakkas Cistern

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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of ...  Read more

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Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Istanbul Tour from Istanbul Hotels and Port, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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With this private tour explore magical Istanbul "City of Sultans". Enjoy a day of history and sightseeing of Old Istanbul.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

The best choice for any first timer, Top sites of Old Istanbul, is a half-day, small group tour. Discover what has made Istanbul such a majestic and ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar, ... 
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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Enjoy this 4 hours tour with visits to the highlights of the old city. Firstly visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia. After here continue to ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour of Istanbul With Hotel Pickup and Drop-off, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Private Tour of Istanbul With Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

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Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Best of Istanbul Tour, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Experience the scope of Istanbul with this full-day, small-group tour. Led by a local guide, explore the main attractions of the city, including Pierre Loti ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Full-Day Private Walking Tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul, City Tours
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Full-Day Private Walking Tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Get to the heart of old Constantinople with this private 1-day walking tour of Istanbul's old city, Sultanahmet. Visit the Roman-era Hippodrome, the iconic ...  Read more

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