The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, also known by its official name, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii), is an Ottoman-era historical imperial mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, the principal mosque of Istanbul until the Blue Mosque's construction and another popular tourist site. The Blue Mosque was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1985 under the name of "Historic Areas of Istanbul".
After the Peace of Zsitvatorok and the crushing loss in the 1603–18 war with Persia, Sultan Ahmed I decided to build a large mosque in Istanbul to reassert Ottoman power. It would be the first imperial mosque for more than forty years. While his predecessors had paid for their mosques with the spoils of war, Ahmed I procured funds from the Treasury, because he had not gained remarkable victories. The construction was started in 1609 and completed in 1616.
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Mamoun Ibrahim | Apr 3, 2018
A monumental peace of ottoman architecture This place is a monumental peace of ottoman & islamic architecture. It is being renovated right now and apparently the work is going to continue until May 2018. I know this place from my previous visits and it’s one of the main reasons to visit Istanbul and enjoy such a beautiful mosque.
Ovgum A. | Dec 19, 2017
Free entrance, accessible until 6pm. Enter from visitor side if you aren’t there for worship. Breath taking mosque covered in Turkish tiles, ornamental wood carving, caligraphy and painted patterns from top to bottom inside. The outer facade, doors and the gates has some fine examples of Islamic geometric designs as well. The courtyard is also beautiful. I would recommend visiting to designers, artists and admirers as well as history lovers. I unfortunately know that mosques favor males but I would still like the staff’s treatment of women improved. As a female you also have to cover your head and put on a long skirt provided if you want to go in. Still totally recommendable but disappointing for a woman to not be able to go beyond a certain point to admire the architectural beauty.
Shantosh Dutta | Mar 14, 2018
One of many highlights from Turkey was visiting the Blue Mosque. Jaw dropping architectural mosque, which was free to enter and was not crowed by tourists. Everything about the mosque was beautiful, the detail in the 20K tiles, 260 stained glass windows and the stunning calligraphy. This place makes you feel at peace, and it is a great place to reflect on life. When you enter the mosque, you have to take off your shoes and woman have to cover their hair. A scarf is provided by the Mosque’s staff, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have one. The mosque is open most of the day apart from prayer time, if you do not know the Islamic prayer times just ask any staff members so you can plan ahead. I would recommend visiting after sunset, the whole mosque is lit up with lights and looks majestic with flocks of birds and bats flying around the dome. Something you do not usually see. As an amateur photographer, my advice would be to grab a tripod and a wide lens to capture as much as possible. Luckily, I had a GoPro 4 which came useful for the fisheye lens. All in all, The Blue Mosque is a must see place, you will not be disappointed!!
Aiman Saeed | Jan 25, 2018
What a beauty. An artistic site. Was amazed to see the grand architecture. This mosque is a piece of art, extremely beautiful and majestic. Tourists from all over the world were there to witness the beautiful site. It was an experience of its own. The team on duty to assist the tourists were very helpful. I would want to go to Istanbul again and revisit this place for sure
Ash Chouhan | Mar 27, 2018
Currently closed internally as is going under reconstruction. But you can walk around the main courtyard. A wonderful piece of architecture. Worth visiting at night also so you can see the place lit up.
Amol Hingankar | May 9, 2018
Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have. After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them. One of the most spectacular architectural masterpieces everyone should see in their lifetime is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The building was built in the early 1600s at the height of the Ottoman Empire and features more than 20,000 handmade tiles inside that bathe the mosque in blue light at night.
Azim Hulaimi | Apr 22, 2018
One of the main highlights that you have to visit is this blue mosque. I was very excited to visit and maybe pray inside but it turned out it was closed for renovation. :( but we still get to take pictures from the outside and it’s still good enough! Beautiful textures and designs on the wall. And outside the area, there’s a garden full of tulips! Beautiful! We were lucky during winter time. One fine day, maybe we will visit again and get to go inside the mosque itself and appreciate its beauty more. ;) don’t forget to visit when you have the chance.
Jessica Moore | May 19, 2018
My husband and I visited while we were on a layover in Istanbul and I'm very glad we did. The structure is beautiful and the attention to detail is amazing. I also recommend seeing the Hagia Sophia across the way. Neither will disappoint. The key is to get there when they open and before all of the cruise ship tourists flood in.
Muhammad Shoaib Nissoana: Travel Vlogs | May 18, 2018
The stunningly beautiful, Blue Mosque is a "must visit" place in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. The Mosque was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 - 1616 facing Hagia Sophia, in order to compete with it. It has become a popular tourist attraction in Turkey, as millions of people throng this historical site every year.
Willbeck Consult | May 26, 2018
This edifice has stood for 5 centuries and counting. Not just a historical site but still operational. Handmade. All stone hand cut with breathtaking interior designs of pure marble. A huge tourist site and accessible to all people of diverse faith and background. Just pure genius architecture
Prasad RR | May 31, 2018
What a majestic place! It is a unique mosque with breathtaking architecture in and out! It's exterior design is huge and so remarkable. Also, it's interior design is truly charming, and spiritual! its very high and beautifully-ornamented ceiling and huge elephant-like columns add serenity and fineness to this mosque. It's a must-visiting site in Istanbul!
Saloom Alothman | Jul 3, 2018
منطقة السلطان أحمد من المواقع الغنية والمتميزة بالخدمات والمواصلات في اسطنبول لاحتوائها على عدد كبير من الآثار العثمانية ووجودمضيق البسفور والبازارت التسوق وغيرها الكثير ويعتبر هذا الجامع من الجوامع المشهورة في العالم، ويعرف أيضا باسم "الجامع الأزرق" لأن جدارنه الداخلية مزينة ببلاط إزنيك الأزرق المزخرف. بُني الجامع الأزرق في عهد السلطان أحمد الأول في عام 1609- 1616 بإشراف المهندس محمد آغا أحد تلامذة المعمار الشهير "سنان" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Sultanahmet area is one of the most famous sites in Istanbul. It has a large number of Ottoman monuments, the Bosphorus, the Bazaar, and many others. This is one of the most famous mosques in the world, also known as the "Blue Mosque" because its interior walls are decorated with decorated blue Iznik tiles. The Blue Mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I in 1609-1616 under the supervision of Engineer Mohamed Agha, one of the famous architectural students "Sinan" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Район Султанахмет является одним из самых известных мест Стамбула, в нем много османских памятников, Босфор, базар и многие другие. Это одна из самых известных мечетей в мире, также известная как «Голубая мечеть», потому что ее внутренние стены украшены украшенными синими плитами Изника. Голубая мечеть была построена во времена правления Султана Ахмеда I в 1609-1616 годах под руководством инженера Мохамеда Аги, одного из знаменитых архитектурных студентов «Синан», ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ सुल्तानहैमेट क्षेत्र इस्तांबुल में सबसे प्रसिद्ध स्थलों में से एक है। इसमें बड़ी संख्या में ओटोमन स्मारक, बोस्फोरस, बाज़ार और कई अन्य लोग हैं। यह दुनिया की सबसे मशहूर मस्जिदों में से एक है, जिसे "ब्लू मस्जिद" भी कहा जाता है क्योंकि इसकी आंतरिक दीवारें सजाए गए नीले Iznik टाइल्स से सजाए गए हैं। ब्लू मस्जिद 160 9 -1616 में सुल्तान अहमद प्रथम के शासनकाल के दौरान इंजीनियर मोहम्मद आगा की देखरेख में बनाया गया था, प्रसिद्ध वास्तुशिल्प छात्रों "सिनन" में से एक
Mikelis Vasarais | Jul 2, 2018
We had high expectations for the Blue Mosque but it is under restoration which we can appreciate. We were lucky to be able to access at all as not long ago we were told it was completely closed! Still worth checking out and don’t let the scaffolding bother you too much. Much more impressive from outside.
Imran Saeed | Jun 28, 2018
It is a jaw dropping grand experience which you will never forget. I had the honour and was lucky enough to be there for the Friday prayers in spring time. I sat outside in the sun but the place was full and makes you feel small and remember why you are here. It's architecture and size if overpowering and reading the history will tell you why it is what it is. I only wish I could spend more time over there and admire it more.
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