Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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    Blue Mosque

    by Nada_S Written Oct 14, 2011

    Guess thats one of the most touristical things in Istanbul, great architecture and really recommended to see. no costs, you have to turn off shoes (plastic available to put inside), scarf for the ladies and no naked skin. its closed during prayers time, time table outside, small donation is welcome

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  • Just average

    by Dinaelghitany Updated Sep 11, 2011

    It was just an average mosque, maybe because of my middle eastern origin, but for me, if it weren't for aya Sofia close to it, I would have been very disappointed for making the effort to go there. I would say it is really good that it's for free.

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    Blue Mosque

    by smirnofforiginal Written Aug 18, 2011

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    This is a fully functioning mosque and as such you must dress appropriately - no shorts etc... Non worshippers must use the entrance at the south door (not the main door).

    The Blue Mosque was built to rival the beauty of Haghia Sofia... does it??? hm... they are both so beautiful - who can say!
    This mosque has 6 minarets (only a sultan was allowed to add more than one minaret - Sultan Ahmet I commissioned this one). There are 260 windows and apparently the bil interior tiles are in the tens of thousands.

    The mosque closes during prayer times.

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    by mindcrime Updated May 12, 2011

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque is another impressive structure that makes a perfect match with Hagia Sophia church (they face each other). It was first built to show the supremacy of Islam over Christianity but we did both on the same day and enjoyed it! I cant tell which one is better (if that matters) but the great difference of course is that Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built 1000 years after Hagia Sophia in 1616 ;)

    It was the early 17th century when Mehmet Aga started to built the impressive mosque for Sultan Ahmet I. It took 7 years (1609-1616) and the style is a mix of byzantine and Islamic features but the most impressive that time was that it had 6 minarets while usually the mosques have 4. The problem was that Ka’aba in Mecca had also 6 minarets so the Sultan built an extra minaret at Ka’aba to stop criticism. Some people claim that that the architect heard wrong because the words gold (altin) and six (alti) sound similar in Turkish.

    It’s also called the Blue Mosque because the interior houses about 20,000 blue tiles from Iznik.
    Except Friday (when they have the big muslim prayer) the non muslim visitors can tour inside. Don’t forget that the mosque is still in active use so respect the rules and take your shoes off at the door, no shorts or skirts of course, the women have to cover their heads also.

    There’s no entrance fee but donations are welcomed

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque (in Turkish, the Sultanahmet Camii) was constructed between 1609 and 1616, by Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Ahmed I. Due to the blue tiles inside the building, it is often called the Blue Mosque. The capacity of this huge structure is 10,000 worshippers.

    The architecture is considered to be a blend of Byzantine and traditional Islamic styles. Perhaps the most unique feature outside the mosque is its six minarets rather than the traditional four. When constructed, this mosque had the same number of minarets as the Ka'aba in Mecca; to overcome criticism the Sultan soon built a seventh minaret at the Ka'aba.

    The Blue Mosque is located alongside the hippodrome on the site of the former Great Palace of Byzantium.

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    Blue Mosque

    by Skibbe Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Stunningly beautiful mosque built by Mehmet Aga for Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. It contains more than 20,000 Iznik tiles and 260 stained glass windows. It is an operating mosque so you'll have to take your shoes off at the door. I found a corner, sat down, relaxed and took it all in for about half an hour.

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    Sultanahmet "BLUE" Mosque

    by namidub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although it is not blue in colour from the external view,it is really made up by blue iznik tiles in the interior part of this majestic mosque.One thing to highlight is that it is build up with 6 minarets,in which no other mosques in this country have.Muslims are welcomed to pray inside,and non-muslims can get inside too,and leave your shoes when entering praying hall

    Note to non-muslims:
    Wear suitable clothes,No shorts n skirts,its a mosque
    Dont go on Friday afternoon.there'll be Friday prayer.

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    The Blue Mosque [Sultanahmet]

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a picture of the mosque showing only 4 of its 6 minarets! It was completed in 1616. The "blue" in the title refers to the predominant color of the tiles -- my memory was how white it was inside with the light streaming in.

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    The Blue Mosque

    by goga4444 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Blue Mosque

    The Sultan Ahmed Mosque , was built between 1609- 1616 by Sultan Ahmed I and it was named after him. It is also know as The Blue Mosque , cause of blue color , which dominates .
    It is classical mosque with 6 minarets . It has 23 m in diametar and it is 43 m hight. It has 260 windows.

    The floor of the mosque is covered with donated carpets . Before you enter the Mosque , you have to take of your shoes ( you 'll even get a bag for your shoes ) .
    It was really impressive experience ( it was my first time in a Mosque ) .
    It 's looks brings you back in time like in some fairytale ....

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    Beauty

    by needle-crafter Updated Feb 8, 2011

    If want to see beauty, grandeur and history the I feel you will come to the right place. It certain covers all. I have to say it has been some years since I last visited but nevertheless you can not for get in your mind on how it looks.

    It is massive once you walk in and see the amazing tiles and architectural appeal.

    May seem weird for a Turk to say this the only downside for me personally speaking is the idea that you must be covered especially on your head. I am not religious whatsoever and that is my reasoning

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    The Last Great Mosque

    by Jetgirly Written Jan 29, 2011

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    According to Wikipedia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (commonly known as the Blue Mosque for all of its blue tiles) is "the last great mosque of the Classical period". The Blue Mosque is still in active use today, but visitors may tour the historic building outside of prayer times.

    As the Blue Mosque was built opposite the Hagia Sophia to emphasize the supremacy of Islam over Christianity, visiting both sites in two or three hours is very do-able. Once you've entered through the tourist entrance and been given a robe (if necessary- to comply with Islamic dress codes), you'll have the chance to walk over gorgeous carpets, under soaring domes and past Islamic architectural features like the minbar and mihrab. As you leave, look back upon the six minarets and the giant courtyard.

    Entrance is by donation.

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    The Blue Mosque

    by vichatherly Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    Whilst in Istanbul it's virtually impossible not to come across a mosque or three.

    On of the most spectacular is situated in the Sultanahmet area of the city and is called the Sultanahmet Mosque, or more commonly the Blue Mosque.

    The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. It was built near the Hagia Sophia, over the site of the ancient hippodrome and Byzantine imperial palace (whose mosaics can be seen in the nearby Mosaic Museum). Construction work began in 1609 and took seven years.

    None of the exterior is blue - the name "Blue Mosque" comes from the blue tiles inside.

    It's well worth a visit inside as well. You just need to queue up and take your shoes off before entering.

    Dress Code
    Tourists must enter through the north gate and remove their shoes at the entrance (plastic bags for shoes are provided). Modest dress is required for both men and women; women must cover their heads. Wraps are provided when deemed necessary by mosque officials.

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    Sultanahmet Camii

    by al2401 Updated Sep 13, 2010

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    The mosque was constructed by the 14th Ottoman sultan Ahmet I who ruled 1603 - 1617. The complex consisted of a medresa, hospital, Arasta Bazaar, school, mausoleum, caravanserrai and public fountain as well as the mosque. The term 'Blue' came from the 21 thousand Iznik tiles and pieces used for the interior decoration. Inside is also a beautiful silk carpet and excellent examples of stained glass. It is the only mosque in Istanbul (and one of the few in the world) with 6 minarets.

    The standard rules apply for visitors - you can't visit while prayers are in progress, no shoes inside and respectful dress for both men and women. Ladies - carry a scarf in your day bag. If not they are available for a small cost.

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    Sunset at the Old City

    by CaptCM Updated Jul 8, 2010

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    Many hotels and restaurants at the Old City offer a beatiful view of the fabulous Bosphorus and/or the Old City itself. After visiting the historical places in the afternoon go up to the roof of these and watch the lovely view having your favorite drink.

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