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Sultan Ahmet Camii is more commonly known as the Blue Mosque and is one of the mosques most visited by tourists world-wide. It was built between 1609 and 1616 under the orders of Sultan Ahmed I to a design by Mehmet Aga. The Blue Mosque is one of the few mosques to have six minarets and is also known for its structure of cascading multiple domes. It is said that the six minarets came about as a result of the builders mishearing the Sultan's instruction to build gold (altin) minarets for six (alti) minarets. At the time the design was considered scandalous because the only other mosque with six minarets was in Mecca. Tourists and all non-Muslims should use the Northern entrance to the mosque which lies off the Hippodrome. Shoes must be removed, ladies must cover their heads and clothing must be modest. Once inside visitors will find the mosque is covered in blue tiles with intricate Iznik designs. The mosque is open to worshipers at all times but to visitors only between 9.00 and 18.00. Access is not possible during the five daily prayer times. There is no charge but donations are always welcomed. An evening light show takes place in the summer months at 21.00.


Blue Mosque


Sultanahmet, , Istanbul Turkey | 0 miles from city center | Show on map
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Reviewed July 2011 by sameh111
Of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey Sultan Ahmet Camii mosque , when we entered the mosque we were surprised by his determination and also the rare artifacts that that are found inside . this is in addition to the contents of the mosque is contains a library with many books on Islam, we can read each other for free . i liked a lot the traditions there is that once we went there they give The women with us a distinct type of clothes to ...
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Reviewed August 2009 by galibali
Blue Mosque or Mavi Camii as it is called on local language is really big and build with single mission: ti impress. This is the only one mosque with six minarets, and as our tour guide told us, was build this way by mistake. The Sultan wanted a mosque with golden minarets in Turkish "altan" , but the architect overheard "alta" which means six. So it was build up with six minarets, and when the Sultan saw it he was so impressed and like it so ...
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Really interesting
Reviewed July 2009 by Dalka
This mosque is called the Blue Mosque, because of the blue glasses that are used for the window vitrages, also mosaics and some of the carpets. Blue is like a divine colour here, and you feel somewhat mysterious once you enter inside. The Blue mosque is the first mosque in the Ottoman empire with so many minarets. The story of the building is very interesting. Sultan Ahmet ordered to his architect to build a mosque with golden minarets. The ...
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Blue or Mavi Camii
Reviewed January 2008 by Ani
Sultan Ahmet Camii is also called Blue (Mavi) because of its 260 blue glasses, mosaic and carpets. It is the first mosque in the Turkish empire with 6 minarets. Sultan Ahmet ordered to his architectures to build bigger and more beautiful temple than the Saint Sofia, which is front of it. It had to symbolize that the Islam is bigger and stronger religion than the Christianity. When I visited the mosque there wasnt entrance fee, I believe it ...
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To go to Istanbul and do not see the Blue Camii?
Reviewed June 2007 by David
Is like to go to Rome and not see the Pop! What else I can add to the previous review. The guests take off their shoes when enter Turkish home. Camii, which means mosque, is a house of Allah (which in Arabic means God). As you can guess, you need to take off your shoes to enter Blue Camii. Do you wonder how it smells inside? Yeah, but the beauty is so rich that you forget that in the first minute you enter. Friends told me a story which was ...
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Reviewed February 2007 by gokche
-SULTANAHMET MOSQUE- the area of Sultanahmet Square there is lots of nice places that you should definetly visit if you come Istanbul. The area is really unforgattable that you would like to visit there again again. I had written about the Hagia Sophia so now the time is a mosque which is opposite of Hagia Sophia. I was visiting there many years ago but some of times i have visited the Sultanahmet Square ...
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