The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul.
The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.
How to get to Blue Mosque
The easiest way to get there is to take a tram to Sultanahmet, from where is it is two minute walk.
How to Visit Blue Mosque ?
The mosque closes for 90 minutes at each pray time.Avoid visiting a mosque at pray time (Especially Midday praying on Friday) or within a half hour after the ezan is chanted from the Mosque minarets.
Before step in to Mosque, take off your shoes and put in plastic bags provided at the entrance(Free of Charge). This is required of all persons as part of Muslim tradition when entering a mosque. There is also no charge to enter the Blue Mosque.
When you are inside the mosque, remain quiet and don't use flash photography.Since this is a place of worship, avoid staring or taking picture of those who are praying.Visit the mosque respectfully and quietly.
If you are women wear a head covering when entering to Blue Mosque. Head coverings are available at the Blue Mosque entrance for free. See samples for laides and gentlemans.