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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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  • under construction as of now. the dome is a bit different than other Ottoman mosques and a bit like Safavid ones in Isfahan, Iran. 
    under construction as of now. the dome is a bit different than other Ottoman mosques and a bit like Safavid ones in Isfahan, Iran.  more »
  • They are remodeling, Not so good, Hard for navigating. Very small and not what I expected. The grounds and area are amazing. Beautiful. 
    They are remodeling, Not so good, Hard for navigating. Very small and not what I expected. The grounds and area are amazing. Beautiful.  more »
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  • Also know as Sultan Ahmet Mosque 🕌, a magnificent structure built over 400 years ago! Do remember to visit the beautiful tomb of Sultan Ahmet I within the compound. Restoration work continues to go on as of September 2022; as such, a great portion of the interior structure is not fully visible by the public. However, a must see place while in Istanbul!
  • The amazing greatness of Blue Mosque with all six minarets standing like a rockets ready to launch in the heaven, will make you breathless. Just walk around and when you enter the mosque see what means the beautiful technique of building in Byzantine stiles,even after 1000 years that Agia Sophia was built, that remained modern in spiritual and architectural building techniques. Something to admire and respect.

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