Visit the Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii in Istanbul

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

About

The Blue Mosque is officially called the Sultanahmet Camii, after Sultan Ahmet I who commissioned the building of the mosque starting in 1609. Sultan Ahmet had dreams that his Camii would surpass the splendor and grandeur of the Hagia Sophia. Unfortunately, the architect took the safe route and installed supports in the middle of the main room.


The building of the Camii strained the Ottoman Empire's finances.


What Can I See When Visiting the Blue Mosque?

The Blue Mosque has a gorgeous 20,000 Iznik ceramic tiles of the tulip design lining the walls of the main room. Some were even recycled from the Topkapi Palace Harem after a fire destroyed the harem.


There are over 200 stained glass windows inside the building.


How Long Does it Take to Walk Around the Blue Mosque?

Allotting one hour should allow you to see the Blue Mosque.


What Can I Do with Kids at the Blue Mosque?

You can take your children into the mosque.


Is it Good for Kids and Toddlers?

They may get bored quickly. You cannot take a stroller into the mosque.


What are the Age Restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. Women must wear a long skirt and cover their head. You can get these items for free at the entrance. You must remove your shoes at the entrance.


Where is the Blue Mosque?

The Blue Mosque is in the Fatih section of Istanbul.


How do I get to the Blue Mosque?

Use the following public transportation options. Each have a stop that go near the Blue Mosque. Click here to see the stops.

  • Bus: 66, BN1, HVİST-12

  • Train: MARMARAY

  • Metro: M1B, M2

  • Tram: T1


How Much Are Tickets?

Because it is an active mosque, there are no entrance fees.


Where Can I Get Tickets?

Not required.


Details and Map

Sultan Ahmet

Atmeydanı Cd. No:7

34122

Fatih, İstanbul


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