women in the sultanahmed to visit blue mosque

How to visit Blue Mosque (Complete Guide)

In your Istanbul trip you should definitely visit Blue Mosque which is one of the most iconic places in Istanbul. Located in the Old City known as heart of Istanbul, also gave its name to the region, so today the most historic site of ancient Constantinople is known as Sultanahmet area. Built right in front of Hagia Sophia as another masterpiece to complete the perfection of city in the 17th century by Architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga who is one of students of famous Mimar Sinan (Architect Sinan).

What religion is the Blue Mosque? 

It’s built by one of the Caliphs for Muslims to pray. As leading power of Muslim community, Ottoman Empire built it to prove power and aesthetic perspective of Islam religion. During your private Istanbul tour, your guide will share more detailed information about its history and architecture.

Sultanahmet square before visit blue mosque

Sultanahmet Square and Sultanahmet Camii

Can you go inside the Blue Mosque?

No matter your religion, you can go inside the building to visit and see people praying. But there are some dress codes to respect for the Islamic rules and people which are praying inside building. Woman needs to wear scarves and cover their head, shoulders and men needs to wear clothes until below knees.

blue iznik tiles of Blue Mosque

Inside of Blue Mosque

Is the Blue Mosque open to the public?

As a building it is open for everyone, you can enter the mosque top ray or to visit. You could see magnificent tiles, unique architecture and its beautiful atmosphere until the restoration which has started on July 6, 2017.
The most elaborate restoration process in the history of the Blue Mosque still continues. After 6 years in the restoration process, most of the major works such as the main dome, fine engraving and the restoration of the 4 minarets have been completed. On the back of the exterior of the mosque, the scaffolding still stand. Restoration work continues inside the courtyard and on the exterior, so you will not be able to see the blue tiles and ceramics that are on top of the dome.
As it is a highlight of Istanbul and one of the most visited sites in Istanbul, there is always a ton of people, long queues who are willing to see the spectacular building but due to the restoration, they leave it with disappointment. However, after 6 years in the restoration of the Blue Mosque, the works are nearing the end.

What are visiting hours of the Blue Mosque?

Visiting hours of the Blue Mosque are from 9 am to 6 pm 7 days a week, excluding daily prayer times.

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Is Blue Mosque the same as Hagia Sophia?

Most people are confused with the number of mosques in Istanbul. Blue Mosque and  Hagia Sophia are the most iconic ones, so that’s more likely to confuse to each other. But these are two different structures opposite to each other. Hagia Sophia will be noticed easily by its red color and large dome. Despite size of domes are almost equal to each other, Hagia Sophia looks larger due to lack of supportive semi domes.

It’s built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet III. So it’s called Sultanahmed Camii by local citizens of the city. Due to the predominant color of the blue tiles, which come from the city of Iznik, it is known to foreigners as the Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque from air. Istanbul old city

Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque from air

When / What time should I visit Blue Mosque?

You can visit Blue Mosque between 09:00am and 18:00pm every day except Fridays. On Fridays, due to Jummah (Friday) prayer, it’s closed for visit until noon for non-Muslims. If you are Muslim, you can go inside for praying by talking to security staff.

Is the Blue Mosque open for visit on Friday?

There are restrictions for non-Muslims on Friday, until jummah prayer is over non-Muslims are not allowed to visit Blue Mosque. Due to overcrowding, paying a visit is not allowed in the morning, approximately after 13:30pm mosque  is open for visitors of people from all religions. Please remember that the time of prayer changes depending on the season, so we mentioned only the approximate time of opening.

What time is jummah (Friday prayer) at Blue Mosque?

According to rules of Islam religion time of prayer is calculated by moves of Sun, so it changes all year round however in Turkey during winter season approximate time for Jumah is 13:00pm to 13:30pm. Still, we need to remind you that it depends on position of the Sun, so you can check exact timing from following link of official site of Presidency of Religious Affairs 


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