- Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Sultan Ahmed I was determined to build a mosque that rivaled the nearby Hagia Sophia, and most would agree that he accomplished this task – or, at least, came close. Since the early 1600s, the Blue Mosque has been quite the sight to behold, with an array of domes, semidomes and minarets (or narrow towers). It's also one of the biggest tourist draws in Istanbul.
Visitors say this mosque offers "stunning architecture inside and out." It can, however, get busy, so consider arriving early. And remember, the Blue Mosque is an active religious site, so dress conservatively. Women should wear headscarves, as is custom. If you forgot to bring one, you can borrow one from the mosque.
The Blue Mosque is located in the Sultanahmet area of Fatih. It is within walking distance of several Bagcilar-Kabatas tram stops, as well as must-visit locales like the Grand Bazaar and the Basilica Cistern. The property is open 24 hours a day but closes six times daily for calls to prayer. Exact prayer times are dependent on the sun's position; an updated schedule is offered on Namaz Vakti's website. There is no admission fee, and restrooms, a cafe and a gift shop are available inside. For more information, visit the Blue Mosque's website.
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