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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

4.5
#2 of 5,736 in Things to do in Turkey
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Nicknamed for the blue tiles that adorn its interior, Sultan Ahmed Mosque represents an imposing figure in the city's history and skyline. Located in the historic Sultanahmet district and built in the early 17th century, this impressive religious structure has a total of six minarets, one main dome, and eight secondary domes. Originally commissioned to reassert Ottoman power in Istanbul and across the region, this mosque still functions as a site of worship today. However, the site welcomes visitors of all faiths to view its spectacular design, which mixes traditional Islamic architecture with Byzantine elements. Keep in mind you'll need to remove your shoes and women should cover their head and shoulders. Put Sultan Ahmed Mosque on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Istanbul trip app.
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  • It’s hard to rate this- there is literally nothing to see inside as it is under construction. The outside has a lot of construction too. I’ve been here years ago and it was amazing. So pretty...  more »
  • They say it is the most famous mosque in Istanbul. The name comes from the tiles that are inside the mosque and some of the glass in the windows. We couldn't see much of it , it was under renovation.....  more »
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  • Nice but not nice like Hagia So3
  • Amazing place. A beautiful piece of architecture, and you can feel its greatness even while it's under construction. Been here in late October 2020, the Mosque was fully under reconstruction, you could barely see anything (whole ceiling was closed by scaffolding). In any case, a great place to visit.

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