Blue Mosque (Guided Tour)
#6 in Istanbul
The Blue Mosque: A Icon of the Islamic Ottoman Empire
Be transported back in time by one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in the world, the Blue Mosque. Experience the spiritual side of Istanbul and soak up the culture of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. The Blue Mosque is an iconic attraction of the city and is a must-see for every visitor to Istanbul. It is located in the heart of Sultanahmet, very close to many other attractions that are included in your Istanbul Tourist Pass, so start the morning there and spend the rest of the day exploring the best of Istanbul's Old City!
An amazing guided tour of the Blue Mosque is included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & Schedule
- From 1 JAN - 31 May
- Every day at 14:00 PM
- From 1 JUN - 31 Dec
- Monday: 11:30
- Tuesday: 11:30
- Wednesday to Sunday: 14:30
The approximate duration is 20 minutes
Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.
How To Get There?
Where to meet
The tour starts at the main bus stop for the Big Bus Tour Company at Sultanahmet Square. Look out for the dark red double-decker buses. It's about 20 metres (65 ft) in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum.
To get to Sultanahmet Square, take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station. Walk towards Hagia Sophia and keep an eye out for the Big Bus stop.
- The guided tours are performed in English.
- The tour starts at the stop of the Big Bus in Sultanahmet. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
- The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.
- When visiting mosques in Istanbul, remember to wear modest clothing (arms and legs covered) and women must cover their hair with a scarf. If you forget to bring your own scarf, you can borrow one from a small stand before you enter the Blue Mosque.
- The mosque is closed to tourists every day during praying times.
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One of the most remarkable historical buildings in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque stands out as a spectacular example of Ottoman architecture. Located in one of the oldest settlements in the city, the Fatih district, overlooking the Sultanahmet and Hippodrome areas, the Blue Mosque is a must-visit for every traveler. With its unique interior tile decorations and 6 glorious minarets towering over the whole city, the Blue Mosque has welcomed travelers and worshippers from all around the world since the beginning of the 17th century. Today, the mosque functions as both a place of worship and a museum for travelers of all kinds. Discover this one of a kind, unique mosque with our city tours and tickets.
What makes Blue Mosque famous in the world?
The answer is simple. What is the Blue Mosque made out of? The name says it all! The famous blue tiling in the mosque's interior is one of a kind and simply breathtaking! Originally named after Sultan Ahmed I of the Ottoman Empire, the mosque is famous for its intricate and brightly colored tile work, hence the name Blue Mosque. Now you may be asking yourself about the building of Blue Mosque Istanbul. The famous mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I, and it was built by Architect Sedefkar Mehmed Ağa, a pupil of the great Architect Sinan. A rare beauty in the world, travelers are fascinated by the mosque’s unusual 6 minarets. But why was Blue Mosque constructed? Blue Mosque has 6 minarets, isn't 4 enough? Well, the only mosque that had 6 minarets was at the Kaaba and, as a devout believer, the Sultan wanted to commission a spectacular mosque to express his devotion. The 6 minarets were not very well received by the public because it was believed that Sultan Ahmed I’s Blue Mosque was trying to out stand the glory of the Kaaba. But people quickly changed their minds when the Sultan commissioned a 7th minaret to be built in Kaaba to preserve its glory. Now, you might think of the Blue Mosque Istanbul’s building and ask, what kind of technology did they use? The famous mosque was commissioned in 1609 and the construction ended in 1616. Built by the Architect Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, the world famous mosque has been standing strong ever since. Being the pupil of the great Architect Sinan, it is possible that there were many intricate architectural details and techniques used during the construction of the mosque to ensure its longevity. If you would like to learn more about the history and the story of the Blue Mosque, head to our ‘Things to Do’ page and choose a live guided Blue Mosque tour for an incredible travel experience and immerse yourself in the history and culture of this magnificent city!
How to visit Blue Mosque?
Are you in Istanbul and want to visit the world famous Blue Mosque and have a tour of the city? Don't forget to check our Top Tourist Attraction in Istanbul to visit some of Istanbul's most famous landmarks including the Blue Mosque! Our guided half a day tour is perfect for travelers that want to get familiar with the rich history of this very old city! If you're visiting Istanbul for the first time you might not know the location of the Blue Mosque. What area is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul? Wonder no more! The Blue Mosque is in the Sultanahmet area of the Fatih district. Fatih is one of the oldest settlements in the city and it houses many relics and buildings from Ottoman and Byzantine times. If you would like to see these landmarks yourself, you should check out our Museum Pass Istanbul to take a trip through time and explore the city's rich history! Given the fact that Blue Mosque is an active place of worship, some visitors may ask can you visit the Blue Mosque. And yes, this magnificent mosque welcomes all worshippers and curious travelers from around the world during working hours! If you are visiting a mosque for the first time and wondering about the appropriate outfit for the Blue Mosque, we also have you covered! You are absolutely free to wear whatever you please but if you would like the experience of taking a part in cultural practices you may consider wearing clothes that end below the knee for both for men and women, and women can put on a light shawl or a scarf to cover their hair when entering the mosque. These are not set rules, but it is generally appreciated when visitors are respectful and understanding of a different culture and its practices. It is also important to know the time when the Blue Mosque is open and when the Blue Mosque is closed so you don't miss out on your visit! The time of Blue Mosque open depends on the season, so you should definitely check the hours before your visit! If you don't want to fuss with any planning yourself, definitely check out our Istanbul Guided Tours Timetable. With live guides and 6 language options this 3-hour tour is an excellent way to get to know the city quickly! After you have visited the Blue Mosque you may want to have a fun night out or you might need to catch your flight! Since the Sultanahmet area is in the center of Istanbul, you can easily go to SAW with transportation vehicles which istanbultouristpass.com provides. To explore the night life in the city you can also easily use public transportation to go from Blue Mosque to Istiklal Street, the entertainment hub of the city!
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