Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) is one of the most valuable architectural monuments in Istanbul , Turkey. Blue Mosque is built in the seventeenth century during the Ottoman period. The mosque was built for Sultan Ahmet, the period’s Ottoman emperor. During the same period, many mosques of different emperors were built on top of Istanbul. The names of the Ottoman emperors were given to the calligraphies made during this period. Sultan Ahmed, who had been in the throne of the Ottoman Empire for fourteen years, demanded that this glass be made for him. The Blue Mosque is located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul. It is the center of old Istanbul and with the Blue Mosque, there are many valuable works such as Beyazit Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. The architect of Blue Mosque is Architect Mehmet Aga. It is generally known as “Blue Mosque” abroad while using “Sultanahmet Mosque” name for this mosque in Turkey.
The Blue Mosque is one of the rare architectural monuments in the first place on the list of places to visit in Istanbul. Especially Islamic architecture is of great importance. One of the things you should definitely visit when visiting the Blue Mosque is the famous Turkish Iznik Tiles used in the decoration of the mosque. Unlike the others, this mosque carries traces of both Ottoman and Byzantine architecture. When you come back, you can see the Haghia Sophia Museum, one of the most valuable works of the world. It is quite easy to visit these two magnificent monuments for those who visit Istanbul. When you visit the Blue Mosque you can see one of the most beautiful sea views of Istanbul. The mosque is built on a fairly large courtyard. There are different entrances but only one large entrance gate. This main door opens directly to the courtyard of the mosque. The Blue Mosque, which is 43 meters high, has 200 extra windows. The glass windows are equipped with colored ornaments. If you look at the famous Turkish Iznik tiles from the colorful windows of the glass in daylight, you can watch the colorful dances of lights.
Unfortunately, some architectural features of the glass have been damaged over time. Precious ornaments, precious stones have been stolen. Some of the melted glass was broken and the plunder was damaged. Despite all the difficulties, the Blue Mosque has managed to remain solid since the seventeenth century.
Blue Mosque Architecture
Mehmet Aga is one of the famous architects of the Blue Mosque during the architectural period. Since he knew that the architect’s glass would be built against the Hagia Sophia, he used special systems to raise the floor. This is the reason why the cause glass should look higher than Hagia Sophia. The mosque is designed on a square plan and has a very large courtyard. It has a main gate. The Muslims wrapped around the fountain glass for cleaning before the prayer. You can see people cleaned five times a day. The interior decoration of the glass is usually made of blue colored special designed Iznik tiles. There is a lighting system that is advanced according to the turn it is made. In addition, the Blue Mosque has more than 200 windows. For this reason, there is no problem with lighting. There is a large main dome and four small domes. When visiting the mosque, you can see the handicrafts and special calligraphy, especially from the first period.
Inside the Blue Mosque
There are different compartments inside the mosque. We would like to briefly tell you about these different divisions.
Hunkar Kasrı: Special section designed for the Ottoman Emperor. When the emperor wanted to, he could rest in this particular area.
Medrese: Educational institution which is in the same level with the university during the Ottoman period.
Sıbyan Mektebi (Little children’s school): The place where children started their educational life in the Ottoman period.
Turkish Bath: Classic ottoman bath.
Imaret: Help section distributed to poor people
Tomb: The area where the graves of important people are located.
Blue Mosque Visiting Information
Blue Mosque, Istanbul is located in the historical peninsula of Turkey. You can have more information about the location of the mosque by looking at the Blue mosque Istanbul map we share with you.
How to get to the Blue Mosque: If you have chosen one of the Istanbul neighborhoods such as Beyazit, Fatih, Eminönü, Laleli as your accommodation, you can go on foot. All you have to do is follow the “Kabatas-Bagcilar” tram line. If you are staying in a different district of Istanbul then you should first come to the historical peninsula. You can go to any motorhome in the district of Fatih in Istanbul, which leads to Yada Eminönü. After your bus journey, you need to get on the “Kabatas-Bagcilar” tram line and stop at the “Blue Mosque” destination. You can get there by tram from Eminonu by going down to Sultanahmet stop or by Taksim – Beyazit buses and going down to Beyazit.
Address: Sultan Ahmet Mah. Sultan Ahmet Camii, 34200 Fatih Istanbul
Visiting Days and Hours: The mosque can be visited between 08:30 – 12:30, 14:00 – 16:15, 17:15 – 18:30. On Fridays, the opening time is 14:30.
Entry Fees: Entry is free.
The rules you need to keep in the Blue Mosque: Mosques are places where Muslims pray five times a day. For this reason, we advise you to follow a few rules when visiting these places. Do not make a loud noise in the mosque especially during prayer hours. Very short skirts and clothes with too many decolletes are not tolerated due to the belief of prayers. If you visit the mosque outside the prayer hours, you can easily visit every section. However, some sections are closed during prayer hours. You can understand that the prayer clock is coming from the eaves read aloud. Taking pictures is not forbidden. However, the lights of the photographic machine will disturb the eyes of people who pray. For this reason, we recommend that you take your photos out of prayer times.
Blue Mosque Turkey Accommodation
When you visit a country or a country, one of the most problematic situations is finding quality accommodation. Istanbul As a guide for the promotion of Turkey we will share quality hotels for your stay during your visit to Bluea Moque. The Blue Mosque is located within the borders of the Fatih district of Istanbul. If you are looking for a hotel in Fatih region, you can see the list of the best quality hotels in this area. If you want to stay in hotels that see Blue Moque directly and have a great night view, you can book here. Of course, if you want to stay in a hotel in Taksim, one of the most active regions of Istanbul and want to be close to the nightlife, you can book quality hotels here. If you are interested in shopping and want to shop, you can stay in Laleli, which is close to the Blue Mosque as well as many boutique shops. You can book the best quality Laleli, Istanbul Turkey hotels from here. If you want to stay in the Anatolian vicinity of Istanbul, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods you can stay is Kadıkoy. Kadıkoy, Istanbul Istanbul is one of the most colorful, fun neighborhoods in Turkey. You can book top quality Kadıkoy, Istanbul Turkey hotels here.