Istanbul Old Town's Attractions ( Blue Mosque)

Istanbul Old Town's Attractions ( Blue Mosque)

The Blue Mosque is one of the most famous mosques in Turkey thanks to its location, just a few minutes walking distance from the Hagia Sophia Museum. Because the Blue Mosque is still an active mosque you should check prayer times before visiting, as visits are not allowed during prayers. The Blue Mosque was constructed by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed 1st between 1609 and 1616. It is the only mosque in Istanbul  which has 6 minarets (even numbers of minarets were only used on mosques reserved for the Ottoman royal family, odd numbers of minarets were not used for royal families’ construction). Entrance to the Blue Mosque is free of charge, but donations are accepted in order to help with expenses. Because the Blue Mosque is a holy place you should wear appropriate clothing (knees and elbows covered, and women must wear headscarves when visiting . You will also need to remove your shoes and carry them during your visit. Scarves and coverings for knees and elbows are available at the entrance to the Blue Mosque or you can bring your own scarf and coverings with you.

blue mosque entrance is free of charge. just donation is accepted 

Second Article about Blue Mosque 

Blue mosque

Sultanahmet Mosque as known blue mosque , located at the opposite of Hagia Sophia, was constructed by Architect Mother of Pearl Mehmet Agha who was student of Great Architect Sinan by order of  Sultan Ahmet between years of 1609 and 1616.Sultanahmet mosque is one of the silhouette of Istanbul thanks to six minarets.There was a another mosque which has six minarets in kaaba before construction of Blue mosque.  Sultanahmet ordered to built one extra minarets in kaaba not to surpass Kaaba. Sultanahmet mosque is unique mosque which has six minarets in Istanbul. Sultanahmet Mosque is one of Highlights ofIstanbul thanks to 21000 Blue Tiles which was produced by all masters of town of Iznic. Sultanahmet  is not only mosque, but also Sultanahmet mosques is complex building.  Tomb of Sultan and His family, Madrasah, Arasta (Market),Hospital, Kitchen, Turkish Bath, Stable for Sultan's horse around mosque

you can see this amazing building during Three in one İstanbul walking Tour

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