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Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)

The Blue Mosque is one of the most famous spots in Istanbul. This building, also known as "Blue Mosque" due to Blue Iznik tiles, was built by Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616. This work by Mehmet Ağa was highly criticized in those days due to the fact that it was built so splendidly during the Pause of the Ottoman Period. Another reason for the criticism of the Blue Mosque is the fact that there are 6 minarets and that it is against Mecca architecture. Despite everything, the Blue Mosque is an enchanting building, which ranks first in the list of places to visit in Istanbul.

At the beginning of this world famous museum you should definitely see the Iznik tiles used at the beginning of decoration, the minbar dating from the 17th century, the dome decoration adorned with eye-catching designs, the hexagonal fountain, the ablution house located in avudary. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which carries traces of both Ottoman and Byzantine architecture, is dominated by the Marmara Sea and is located opposite Hagia Sophia. The large courtyard mosque is 43 meters high. There are more than two hundred windows. When daylight shines on the windows, it creates a unique harmony on the İznik tiles. However, with the renewal of the broken glass in time, the color and the harmony of light are distorted. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is one of the most magnificent mosques in the world.
Over time, this splendor has been compromised by looting, natural disasters and human factor. Glasses of embroidered glass, precious hunts, verses written in calligraphy have suffered in the course of time. But despite everything, the Sultanahmet Mosque, which has been in existence since the 17th century, maintains its religious, historical and architectural significance.

Visits to Sultanahmet Mosque

Address: Sultan Ahmet St.. Sultan Ahmet Camii, 34200 Fatih Istanbul

Getting there: You can reach here by tram from Eminonu or by descending to Sultanahmet stop or by Taksim - Beyazit buses to Beyazit.

Visiting Days and Hours: The mosque can be visited between 08:30 - 12:30, 14:00 - 16:15, 17:15 - 18:30. On Fridays, the opening time is 14:30.

Entry Fees: Entry is free.


  1. […] Sultanahmet Mosque, mosque complex and Hagia Sophia. The foundation of the work was laid in 1609 during the reign of I. Ahmet. Although the opening was made in 1616, the year 1619 was found to be completed. There are complexes, madrasa, school, bazaar, kasr, and tomb sections in the mosque built in place of the Great Palace of the Eastern Roman Empire.It is also called “Blue Mosque” because of the tiles in Sultanahmet which is the only six minaret mosque of Istanbul. The dome of the Sultanahmet Mosque, which is the first of the places to visit the Sultanahmet, is 33.6 * 43 meters in height. The madrasa, which is in a building with 260 windows, is now used as the archives of the prime minister. […]


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