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Due to the blue tiles surrounding the walls of its interior design, the Sultanahmet Mosque is more commonly known as the Blue Mosque This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I to rival the grandeur of the nearby Aya Sofya. Today, besides being a popular tourist attraction, it still serves as a functioning mosque. The site is closed to non-worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers. Best way to see the great architecture of the Blue Mosque is to approach it from the Hippodrome (west side of the mosque).

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mh., Torun Sk No:19, 34400 Istanbul
Opening hours: Sat-Thu 9am – 12:15pm, 2pm – 4:30pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm; Fri 9am – 11:15am, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Direction: Tram to Sultanahmet Station
Phone: +90 212 458 4983

Photo credit: Lieu Song, Dersaadet, Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, Christian Perez