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

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)

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
star-4.5
$70.00 per adult
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Wonderful experience
Wonderful tour guide, great experience. We had a bless and we suggest this program for everyone. It’s a must if you are in Istanbul.
Kinga_M, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Istanbul review
AnnetteL_F, Apr 2022
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
In addition to our wonderful guide, nestle, who was amazingly knowledgeable, she was very sensitive and accommodating to the various needs of our group. Especially us. She managed amyo arrange a last minute covid test for Us! Adjustments were made to the tour by viator as well. Viator is a wonderful company
star-5
A must do in Istanbul
belinda_c, Aug 2022
Istanbul in 1,2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour with Highlights and Hidden Gems
Our guide Serdar was brilliant he gave us allot of information and history A must do to really understand the places you are visiting Our tour was private and made our trip memorable
star-4
Recommended tour
Theis_K, Jul 2022
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Excellent guide who knew everything worth knowing about Istanbul and the places we visited. Very friendly and spoke English very well. Only room for improvement would be to get a more detailed introduction to the grand bazaar and the goods sold here, however, that may be taking place on another tour. All in all, definitely recommended tour if you want to see some of the highlights of Istanbul in a few hours.
star-5
Awesome experience, highly recommend!
nillie_d, Jul 2022
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Awesome experience with our travel guide Gukan! He took us to several places that we wouldn’t have found if it wasn’t for him. I bought a beautiful rug at this amazing Turkish rug factory that he took us too.
star-5
Nice experience!
Dilyanka_Z, Jul 2022
Classic Istanbul Tour including St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace,G.Bazaar
Experience and knowledgeable tour guide! The tour was around 6 hours, including lunch. We visited Topkapi palace, St.Sofia, the Blue Masque and the Hippodrome. Thank you Volkan!
star-5
Excellent host & guide
sharoon80, Jul 2022
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Mr. Jan was an Excellent host & guide. We has family had great time and would definitely recommend everyone to check this tour via this company.
star-5
Amazing experience
Anila_M, Jul 2022
Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!
We loved this tour. Ozzy, our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is planning on visiting Istanbul.
star-5
awesome tour!
Whitney_L, Jul 2022
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
very knowledgable guide! we learned so much about the history of the city and the guide answered all of our questions. great small group setting. overall an excellent experience!
star-4
Great tour but not all sites were available
George_D, Jun 2022
Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Tour
The tour was good although the Blue Mosque was under renovations and the Bazars were closed. This type of information should be provided in the literature.
star-5
Great tour
Joseph_P, Jun 2022
Small Group: Hagia Sophia&Blue Mosque&Grand Bazaar
Our tour guide, Aly did an incredible job explaining the history and culture during our tour. Would highly recommend requesting Aly if you are going to take this tour.
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The absolute best!
Ashley_S, Jun 2022
Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!
Ozzy is incredible! He is a walking encyclopedia of information but shared it like a story! You are entranced by the history of the place and the sights. He takes you to places no one else goes and let’s you experience the whole of Istanbul! The lunch he takes you to is authentic, delicious, and has a great variety. We couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful of a decision this was. 100% book this tour because it will be better than any others you could choose!
star-5
Great Tour
Oscar_G, Jul 2022
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Very good guide; passionate and knew her stuff. Ample time to view the sites. Lunch was close and perfect. Tour ended at Grand Bazaar.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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