Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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  • Address: At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 04:45 pm Details
  • Phone: +90-2124584468
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture
Tickets From $58.64

Sprawling, lavish and yet elegant, this is Turkey’s most popular mosque. It was built in the early 17th century. It’s interiors are decorated with over 20000 hand made tiles with tulip patterns. Instead of focusing on grandeur, the mosque focuses on space and tranquillity, bringing out a reality that other mosques just can’t match. If you hang about till night time, there are always some stalls around that will sell you souvenirs. Just mind your dress code and don’t visit during prayer time. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 2 days.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque Travel Tips

  • The closing time may vary during prayer time – sunrise, afternoon, evening and night, generally 30 mins after Prayer time and 2 hours during Friday noon prayer.
  • Women visitors should carry a scarf to cover their head and shoulders and should put on full length cloths.
  • Men should wear trousers.
  • The call to prayer means that the prayer is about to start.
  • No food and footwear allowed inside the mosque.
  • Clicking pictures are allowed, but should not point the other side of the camera while someone is putting up prayer.
  • You should maintain decorum inside the mosque, please put your mobile in silent mode.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque Hours

  • The mosque is closed to visitors (who don’t want to pray) during Prayer Times.

The timings for prayers are

  • Imsak / Fajr: Two hours before dawn
  • Gunes /Tulu: Dawn 
  • Ogle / Zuhr: Midday
  • Ikindi  / Asr: Afternoon
  • Aksam / Maghrib: Sunset
  • Yatsi / Isha: Right before last light of the day

How to Reach Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • Aksaray Metro Station

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  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque Address: At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque Contact Number: +90-2124584468
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque Timing: 08:30 am - 04:45 pm
  • Best time to visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque(preferred time): 09:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Time required to visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 91.94% of people who visit Istanbul include Sultan Ahmed Mosque in their plan

  • 80.69% of people start their Sultan Ahmed Mosque visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

57.92% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sultan Ahmed Mosque

People normally club together Miniaturk and Hagia Sophia while planning their visit to Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

People also prefer to start their day with Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Sultan Ahmed Mosque Reviews & Ratings

  • Impressive from the outside, beautiful decorations and detailing on the inside. Probably best to let the attached pictures do the talking! Can't argue with the price either; entry is completely free. Only regret was coming just 15 minutes prior to one of their three scheduled closing times each day, so it was a bit of a rush to see and appreciate everything inside. They clearly post the times out the front though, so it's simply a matter of planning ahead!

  • Magnificent mosque!! This mosque is a must-see for any tourist. One of the finest architectural mosque buildings in the world. Unfortunately it was under heavy construction and renovation that blocked a lot of the beautiful walls. It’s also called the Blue Mosque due to the blue color of the countless ceramic tiles that make the interior really gorgeous. Women have to cover their head and hands, if you didn’t bring a cover with you there’s a cabin at the entrance of the mosque that provides head covers and skirts free of charge! Shoes have to be taken off too, plastic bags are also provided for free so you can carry your shoes with you. It’s very charming... words can’t describe it!

  • Phenomenal! The Mosque is huge and you can walk around and look at the explanation boards telling in several languages about the the history behind each section and this wall and that wall. It’s beautiful. Now I’m Church Of England and in the U.K. the churches have steeples or spires you can see a church from 5 miles away and know it’s a church. The glass and the beams are synonymous to a church! The Blue Mosque, so called because of the blue tint in the building covering, is 100% different but at the same time it was beautiful and reverent. The main area must have been 150ft x 200ft,(for the men to kneel and pray) the whole area was covered in a rich carpet, a red based pattern of Turkish design. The women hold their prayers behind a walled off area at the back. Very old, full of history and beautiful. A must see.

  • What a beautiful mosque, I've always watched videos on YouTube of the Blue Mosque but seeing it in real life was just amazing. Apart from the beautiful architecture it also provides an insight into Islam with lots of literature. The dome in the prayer hall is breathtaking. They have certain times for tourists which you'll get info from your tour guide or the Internet and a certain dress code for entering the Blue Mosque, if your not in the right dress code they'll provide you with clothing FREE of charge so I highly recommend you visit the Blue Mosque. 🇬🇧

  • Nice Mosque. Was under renovations when we went on Aug 21 2019 Women must cover their hair and shoulders and wear something that covers the knees. If you do not have you can borrow before entering. Men must wear pants (again if you do not have you can borrow like a skirt type thing ) You need to take off your shoes before entering and they provide plastic bags for you to carry your shoes. If you bring your own bag it will be quicker for you to go in. The inside is nice to see however since it was under renovations we didn't get to see the full splendor. There is a mini bazaar near the Mosque nice to visit and lots of places to eat

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