Detailed review 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 much, that the architect was not punished, but prized. However, the mosque is really big and beautiful, it seems to be a local pride. Entrance is free, because still it is a working temple, so you may present on a Muslims pray or rituals. All visitors should remove their shoes before entering, and women should cover their heads with scarves. Inside it is not so impressive like cathedrals for example, but in simple floral motives on the walls, mostly in blue and green. Ceiling is impressive and with more complex motives. Windows are very high, so inside is darkly, even in the middle of the day. This may be a real problem to most non-professional cameras and taking pictures may be a real challenge. Blue mosque is close to most of sight in Istanbul in a walking distance: Sultan Ahmet, Yerebatan Sarnici, Egypt Column and Agya Sofia temple. Also Old Sultan Palace Topkapi is near and Mosaic Museum. It is a good idea to combine this sights in a single tour, but a day may not be enough for all of them.