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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
$58.50 per adult
$65.00 $6.00 savings
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Excellent way of seeing all the major historical sites In Istanbul
The sites and our guide explaining all the interesting facts about them. Would highly recommend . Some sites under renovation so couldn’t see everything
Sakina_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

star-4
The perfect day in Istanbul!
Michael_A, Dec 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
We learned a tremendous amount of information about several of the mosques and Turkish history. We highly recommend Nestlie as a private tour guide.
star-5
Excellent
Lance_R, Dec 2021
Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar
Our guide was Informative, engaging, and had every detail planned perfectly. Would absolutely use him again and recommend to others!
star-4
Very well explained and...
Taher_G, Dec 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Very well explained and informative..lunch was good .. organised and proper time management and friendly.
star-5
Amazing tour of the main...
Shirls, Dec 2021
Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque
Amazing tour of the main attractions in Istanbul. The tour guide Ali was exceptional and very informative
star-5
Best tour guide i’ve ever had
Maariyah_S, Nov 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing, honestly thank you so much!!! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, very knowledgable and entertaining
star-5
knowledge of our guide,...
CIELO_S, Oct 2021
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
knowledge of our guide, great tour, amazing places we visit, have a great lunch, speak very good English.
star-5
Best tour I have ever taken 👍👍👍
Danny_B, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
I was overwhelmed by the beauty and history of Turkey. Also, my guide had extreme knowledge of not only Turkey but of many other countries as well. The guide had a fantastic personality and I really appreciate the experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Well done!!!!! 👍👍👍
star-5
Great experience!
Jonathan_W, Sep 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Great experience for our first full day in Istanbul. Our guide Chana made it one of the best parts of our trip. We ended up walking most of it since it was all so close in proximity. You could do this all on your own but the background and history would be missed.
star-5
The best!
RolandMio_F, Nov 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Such a wonderful day spent with Sulchek. My friend and I were the only ones on the tour so it became a private tour! Learned so much about the history of what is now Istanbul! Definitely a must when visiting the city.
star-5
Worth it!!
Steven_H, Aug 2021
Small Group: Hagia Sophia&Blue Mosque&Grand Bazaar
Great, pleasant and knowledgeable guide who made the tour informative, fun and well worth the time and cost!!
star-5
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!
Jasmin_K, Sep 2020
Classic Istanbul Tour including St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace,G.Bazaar
This tour was amazing and perfect to explore Istanbul! I booked this tour as it was my first time travelling to Istanbul and I wanted to make sure I see all the highlights in a secure way. The tour guide Zefer was very professional and caring. Due to Covid I was the only one on the tour and Zefer adapt very well and made my tour feel like a private tour. I really recommend this tour!!
star-5
Amazing tour guide!
ThiThuAn_T, Nov 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Nice tour with the best guide we've ever had. Canan is amazing. Lovely, flexible, understanding and super knowledgable. She's able to answer any and every question, from history to architecture and culture. Would defo recommend this!

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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