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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

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Nicknamed for the blue tiles that adorn its interior, Sultan Ahmed Mosque represents an imposing figure in the city's history and skyline. Located in the historic Sultanahmet district and built in the early 17th century, this impressive religious structure has a total of six minarets, one main dome, and eight secondary domes. Originally commissioned to reassert Ottoman power in Istanbul and across the region, this mosque still functions as a site of worship today. However, the site welcomes visitors of all faiths to view its spectacular design, which mixes traditional Islamic architecture with Byzantine elements. Keep in mind you'll need to remove your shoes and women should cover their head and shoulders. Put Sultan Ahmed Mosque on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Istanbul trip app .
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  • The biggest active mosquee in city center Sultanahmet of Istanbul. Six minarets, one less than Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Nice blue plates and confort carpets.  more »
  • It's very pretty, but on the inside with the scaffolding it shines. The patio is very nice. We had to wait to get in, it was prayer time. To be able to enter you have to take off the shoes and the women cover their hair. I recommend not to see the mosque of Suleiman, I found it more beautiful and better conserved
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