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Blue Mosque
Holiday Travel Guide

Named for its dazzling interior covered in blue tiles, this is a hub of Istanbul's religious life.

The Blue Mosque is a prominent part of view of the Istanbul skyline. Constructed under Sultan Ahmed I, it was finished in 1616. Its designer's vision was to display the Islamic faith central to the Ottoman Empire in this massive site of worship.

Approach from the direction of the Hippodrome to best appreciate the grandeur of the architecture. There are six minarets and a number of soaring domes, making for a enormously striking spectacle.

Go through the encircling wall into the courtyard – this area is very busy after sunset during the fast of Ramadan. The madrasa Islamic school and the hospice can be found here, as can the tomb of the man for whom the mosque is named, Sultan Ahmed I, who died just one year after its completion in 1617.

The main claim to fame of the Blue Mosque is to be found in the 20,000 blue ceramic tiles adorning the interior with over 50 distinct tulip images. The upper part of the building is also painted blue, and the kaleidoscope of light provided by the stained glass windows above is a sight to behold.

Entry to the mosque is free, but donations for its upkeep are welcomed. As it is continuously in use as a religious site of worship, there are a number of practices visitors are asked to respect. Silent and discreet behaviour should be observed, with no flash photography permitted. You should remove your shoes before entering and place them in one of the plastic bags which are available. Women are asked to cover their hair with a scarf.

The mosque is served by the nearby Sultanahmet light rail and metro station in the Old City. The Blue Mosque is closed five times a day for prayer. In summer there are evening history classes on the site, and also breathtaking light shows – check the website before your visit.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM88 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cemberlitas Bath, Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Sultanahmet Square and Basilica Cistern are ...

4/5Very Good! (92 reviews)

"Overall great experience, everyone was nice to meet and room service was great!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM257 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this spa hotel is steps away from Cemberlitas Bath and Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Square and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"Close to all tourists attractions, very nice and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Erten Konak - Special Class
Erten Konak - Special Class
4 out of 5
Akbiyik Caddesi, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sokak 8/10, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM89 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome of Constantinople. Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace ...

3.9/5Very Good! (777 reviews)

"Great location near many historic sites. Staff very friendly, with a very nice breakfast and rooms cleaned thoroughly each day. Would certainly recommend and would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2020

Erten Konak - Special Class
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM88 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM257 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Erten Konak - Special Class
Erten Konak - Special Class
4 out of 5
Akbiyik Caddesi, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sokak 8/10, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM89 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar
Erten Konak - Special Class
The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar
The Marmara Pera
Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Levni Hotel & Spa
Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
Binbirdirek Mah. Ucler Sok. No.15, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The price is RM163 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 out of 5
Divanyolu Cd. Alemdar Mah., Ticarethane Sk. No 10 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM362 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
Kabasakal Cad. No:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
The price is RM435 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar
Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.