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
|Names:||Blue Mosque; Sultanahmet Mosque; Sultanahmet Camii|
|Location:||Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Patron(s):||Sultan Ahmet I|
|Architect:||Sedefkar Mehmet Aga|
|Size:||Interior: 53m x 51mDome diameter: 23.5mDome height (outer): 43m|
|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.|