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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)
Discover the story behind the name of the Blue Mosque by visiting this Ottoman Empire masterpiece in Sultanahmet and view the myriad of Iznik tiles from western Anatolia adorning its interior. Also called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it has six minarets with distinctive colors that help it become one of the most popular historical sites in Istanbul, making it an important part of all Istanbul sightseeing itineraries. Do not forget to stop by at the courtyard of this Istanbul UNESCO World heritage site, as it is just as big as the mosque itself.
Travel Times: 11 KM – 50 Min by Private Transportation
Recommended Visit Hours: Recommended visiting time is 9 AM – 11 AM on Weekdays.
Recommended Span of Visit: 1 – 2 Hours depending on availability.
Tips and Things to Know Before You Visit: Women needs to be wearing headscarves when entering the mosque. There are coverings available for free of charge, however, if you prefer your own, make sure to pack one for your visit. It is also important to note that both men and women must be wearing full-length skirts, dresses, or pants, as well as long sleeves. Visitors also must remove their shoes before entering. Try to avoid visiting at prayer hours, especially at noon praying on a Friday.