How to Visit Mosques in Istanbul and Turkey? Things you need to know before you go…

“Jews, Turks and Christians several Tenets hold. Yet, all one GOD acknowledge, that is, GOLD”
Letters Historical and Critical from a Gentleman in Constantinople to his friend in London, 1730

Istanbul ,the city of diversified culture with the great history of Ottoman Empires, Romans and Greeks. The city lies on two continents Europe and Asia. Its also known as the city of mosques and Ottoman architecture. As the capital of the Ottoman empire since 1453 and the largest city in turkey, istanbul is home to over 3000 mosques.

What can I wear when entering the Blue Mosque?

Sultanahmet Mosque and Suleymaniye Mosque are the most famous and has became the attraction point of the tourists. The rules for the female visitors before entering the mosques are that the head and body should be covered. The heads and body coverings are available at the entrance of mosques and its free of cost as well as entrance. If you are man ,you can wear pants or short which is longer for knees . If your short is shorter than covering knees then you will be provided a skirt type of body covering at the entrance.



Should I take off my shoes before entering the Mosques in Istanbul?

Rules about the shoes are you need to take off your shoes before entering the mosque as the plastics bags are available at the entrance for you to carry the shoes during your visit.

Best time to visit the Blue Mosque Active mosques in Istanbul are open to visitors during the day except the time of prayers held five times a day however the mosque is closed until 2 pm due to Friday prayer.

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