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10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul is a culmination of Byzantine, Constantinople, and Ottoman art and culture. Although, there were many eye-catching attractions in the city, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul stands out from the rest of the list.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

Tips for Visiting: Come in the morning before everyone goes in. The serenity of the place can be deafening with only few visitors inside. You will be asked to put your shoes in a plastic bag before you walk on the carpeted floor.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

Remember: Since this is a holy place for Muslims, you’re expected to dress decently. If you are exposing flesh (including men wearing shorts), get or borrow a shawl near the entrance and cover the exposed parts of your skin before going in. Entrance is free.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul goes with other two names: the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

1. The name “Blue Mosque” is not because of its exterior, which is not even blue. It is because of the blue tiles inside.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

2. Sultan Ahmed was only 19 years old when he commissioned the construction of such a marvel.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

3. Although it is open year round, during prayer times, it is closed for at least 90 minutes.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

4. Flash photography is prohibited in the interior of the mosque because it could disturb the worshipers.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

5. Some notable personalities like Pope Benedict XVI, and former US president Barrack Obama visited the mosque in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

6. There are 260 windows in the mosque. However, they are not the original 17thcentury stained ones.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey).

7. This building shows the perfect features of both Byzantine and Ottoman architectures.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey).

8. Many Hollywood movies have featured this mosque, including The World Is Not Enough 007. This is because it is the most visited landmark of Istanbul; and thus, Turkey.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

9. There’s a pavilion built inside the mosque dedicated to the Sultan who used to rest here before and after the prayer. It has two floors, in which the first one has the rooms for resting and the lower one was used to address government issues.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey).

10. One of the stories associated with the mosque has it that the Sultan originally wanted to build the minarets from gold. However, because of the scarcity of funds and unlikelihood of the consideration, the architecture tricked him into allowing six usual minarets.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey).

Where to Stay in Istanbul

If you’re a backpacker, HostelWorld has budget accommodations for you. For those who can afford medium-priced to expensive hotels, Booking.com has a lot of choices for you near the Blue mosque.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

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