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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

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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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  • We got here just as the doors opened at 2:00 p.m. There was this virtual stampede of people pushing to get in -- and I was shocked at how many of them were, to put it politely, ripe in the heat. We... 
    We got here just as the doors opened at 2:00 p.m. There was this virtual stampede of people pushing to get in -- and I was shocked at how many of them were, to put it politely, ripe in the heat. We...  more »
  • So little to see at the moment due to major renovation. Closed during prayers. Visited in the early evening with no queues. 
    So little to see at the moment due to major renovation. Closed during prayers. Visited in the early evening with no queues.  more »
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  • Beautiful mosque. However. We went a few weeks ago and you cannot see anything that truly reflects the beauty of this mosque as it's under construction. You can't see anything as even the pillars are boarded up. It stank of socks inside too. I went 8 years ago and I still remember it taking my breath away. I am really glad that they're maintaining the mosque though. It truly is stunning. If you're going to Istanbul with this mosque in mind, you should consider the above.
  • We went there on Friday around 2:00 pm. A major portion of site is under renovation. The queue to enter was huge. The experience of praying there was a unique yet soothing. The architecture is mesmerizing. The aura it releases lures you towards it. A beautiful mosque. Remember one needs to cover her head and body while entering. The clothing is temporarily provided for free just outside the entrance.

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