- Type: Religious Sights
NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the most beautiful buildings in the world. An absolute must while in Istanbul.
- Dubbed the "Blue Mosque" by Europeans because of its beautiful interior tiles with flower and tree motifs manufactured at the end of the high period of the great Iznik workshops, this is the only mosque in the world with six minarets. Built by Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616, the architect was Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, one of Mimar Sinan's most prominent students. The dome is 23.5 meters wide and 43 meters high. The shrine near the mosque houses the tombs of Ahmet I and his wife Kosem Sultan. On the east side of the mosque is the Arasta, a bazaar filled with souvenir shops. The Hunkar Mansion at the north side is today's Carpet and Kilim Museum.
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- tel: 90 212 518 1802 (Sultanahmet tourist info office)
- fax: 90 212 518 1802 (Sultanahmet tourist info office)
- Tavukhane Sokak 5-27
- Istanbul 34420
- Daily 9a-5p, outside the prayer timings
- No Sweat
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