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

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)

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5,684 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
Amazing Tour!!!
Our guide was amazing, friendly and very knowledgable! We had a great time walking around and hearing about the history of Constantinople. Highly recommend!
Ana_J, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Amazing Tour!!!
Ana_J, Jun 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Our guide was amazing, friendly and very knowledgable! We had a great time walking around and hearing about the history of Constantinople. Highly recommend!
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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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The Best of Istanbul
garnerbl2, Apr 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
We had an amazing time! Our guide, Selcuk Ersan, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We went to all the sites listed in the tour and had plenty of time to ourselves for pictures and exploring the locations. We loved lunch especially. We had an amazing meal at a really nice resturaunt with appetizers, kebaps, and dessert. We even were able to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy with it. I highly recommend him if you need a guide for the essentials of Istanbul!
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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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beautiful
Elizabeth_R, Nov 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
absolutely amazing, guide was exceptional. wonderful day. we decided to forego the return taxi and ate lunch and walked around the nearby city.
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Perfect Istanbul day trip
Jahirul_C, Dec 2020
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
We were picked up from the hotel, taken to the sites, shown around the beatufiul city. The guide was very knowladgeable and a perfect host, made us fall in love with the city even more then what we expected.
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Stunning (and safe from COVID)
Penny_H, Aug 2020
Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia
We really enjoyed our virtual tour. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Sofia Hagia and the Blue Mosque are stunning. We learned so much. Truly a pleasure.
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Best tour guide ever, amazing city
Sherin_Ahmed, Jul 2020
Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul
The guide and the tour was extremely good. Mehmet Selcuk Ersan was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgable and helpful. We had an amazing experience in Istanbul.
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The best way to see Istanbul
Erin_G, Mar 2020
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Amazing experience! Our guide was incredibly friendly and very informative! The whole day was super easy despite having such a big and thorough itinerary! We saw everything we wanted to see with no hassle or lines! Highly recommend to anyone visiting istanbul! The best way to do it!
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Hagia Sofia/ Old town Istanbul
Leo, Nov 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Excellent tour and lots of information. We did the 4 hour tour and it was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommend. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and kept a great pace. After the tour was over we were able to explore on our own having learned so much about the area.
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The tour guide was amazing
Wayne_Hughes, Aug 2020
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
The tour was amazing, the guide did a fantastic job explaining in great detail, very clean transport, dinner was very nice, the guides English was easily understandable, would say it’s one of the best tour guides I’ve ever been on, many thanks to the guide!!

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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