Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the mosque is popularly known as the ” Blue Mosque ” has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.

The Blue Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque which was built between 1609 and 1616 by the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I.

The Mosque was built as a complex including an imperial lodge, a theological school, a kitchen for the poor, bazaar shops, outer courtyard, a small library and the tomb of the founder.

This is the only one mosque in Istanbul having 6 minarets, generally mosques have 1,2 or 4 minarets.

Blue Mosque is covered with rugs as a general tradition in any mosque, thus people have to take their shoes off before entering.

Open daily except prayer times for free.


Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)
At Meydani (Hippodrome) 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.
Phone: +90 212 4587107

Fast Facts

Site Information
Names:Blue Mosque; Sultanahmet Mosque; Sultanahmet Camii
Location:Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Architecture:Ottoman, Islamic
Patron(s):Sultan Ahmet I
Architect:Sedefkar Mehmet Aga
Size:Interior: 53m x 51mDome diameter: 23.5mDome height (outer): 43m
Features:Medieval Tiles
Visitor Information
Address:Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates:41.005277° N, 28.976827° E   (view on Google Maps)
Phone:(0212) 518 1319
Public transport:Tram: Sultanahmet
Opening hours:Daily 9am-6pm except during prayer times (about 30 min. five times a day) and midday on Fridays
Rules:Tourists must enter through the north gate and have to take their shoes off before entering the mosque. Modest dress is required for both men and women; women must cover their heads. Wraps are provided when deemed necessary by mosque officials.

Photo Gallery

Blue Mosque at dusk
Blue Mosque at dusk
Blue Mosque Ceiling Blue Tiles
Blue Mosque Ceiling Blue Tiles


Blue Mosque Interior View
Blue Mosque Interior

Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey