Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Currently Closed
  • Address: At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 04:45 pm Details
  • Phone: +90-2124584468
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Family And Kids, Architecture

Sultan Ahmed Mosque - Review

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. Intead of focusing on grandeur, the mosque focuses on space and traquility, bringing out a regality 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 Information

  • 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 by Public Transport

  • Aksaray Metro Station

Restaurants Near Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • Sultanahmet Fish House
  • Alzer hotel: Best hotel has a great location
  • Hotel Fehmi Bey: Sea view hotel
  • Turkish old hotel

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TripHobo Highlights for Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • 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
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque Price: Free
  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • 95% 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

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul Reviews

  • The Mosque is an impressive sight inside out. You're provided with something to cover your head and legs if they aren't covered/you don't have anything to cover them with. You're asked to take your shoes off and put them in a provided plastic bag before you enter. We were there on a rainy day and it really smelled like feet, so much so that I couldn't stand to be in the mosque long. Some restoration is being done so that a section is off limits. There are separate prayer balconies for women and men. It's really impressive to have a look at the interior, and I would recommend it as it is free. Just beware that it's really crowded and as such can smell like it.

  • This is one of the most beautiful mosque in the world. Built in a very distinctive Ottoman architectural style, it is magnificent from every angle. Situated in the heart of old town of Istanbul, it is 2 mins walk from Sultan Ahmed tram system. The main dome is supported by 4 huge marble pillars. The from side of the Mosque has color tinted windows which reflect beautiful lights inside. Although there are many Mosques which are similar in appearance, this is a wonder in itself. A must visit on any Istanbul itinerary.

  • A historic mosque standing in awe with master piece of construction of a dome which was built at a time when such a structure was not comprehensible without any support underneath. It was a great experience to see thus place after passing through snaky stone paved streets of Istanbul. The domes are blue and inside the mosque is carpeted red and renovation is almost ongoing no matter what time of the year you visit. A worth seeing place for those who love architecture masterpieces from a historic perspective. Highly recommended if you happen to be in Istanbul

  • Pretty cool place. You can go in when they aren't praying and if you're not dressed the way they want you to be, you can borrow clothes from the office. Girls hair needs to be covered and girls also need to be wearing a long skirt. Guys just need to be wearing pants that go past the knee. Guys: if you're wearing shorts there, they will borrow you a skirt. So just keep that in mind when you're picking out your clothes for the day. Also, you need to take off your shoes when you're on the carpet so if you're worried about germs, I'd be wearing socks. Inside had some construction going on so we couldn't see the full dome.

  • I have given a 5 star to this magnificent building. The architecture is splendid and well planned. I always though it would be huge inside. It may be but I could visit only part of the main building and I was impressed. The columns holding the building are still standing strong. The minarets are well placed and beautiful. I wish I could have spent some more time inside but unfortunately as I was with a group I could not. I will certainly come back and sit for a while among those pillars. There is so much peace inside and the feeling is great. Do not miss the blue mosque if you are visiting Istanbul.

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