One of the most iconic monuments in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque, which was constructed between 1609 and 1616. This historical building reflects the greatness of the ancient artistic designs, and upon designing it, Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa blended elements from two Empires — Byzantine and Ottoman. The mosque consists of a big fountain, forecourt, and a Külliye which contains Ahmed I’s tomb. Even from a distance, one won’t help but notice the uniqueness of the Mosque’s large dome, which is flanked by six minarets and encircled by eight smaller domes. Its magnificent interior is decorated by 20 000 blue tiles and 260 glass windows. Although it is opened daily, the Mosque is usually crammed with long queues and closed for 90 minutes during prayer times.   

Visiting Hours

Daily Opening Times — Closing Time

8:30 am — 11:30 am

13:00 pm — 14:30 pm

15:30 pm — 16:45 pm

On Fridays it opens at 13:30 pm and closes at 6pm

No Entrance Fee is required.  

Contact Details

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Directorate of Blue Mosque

Tel: +90 212 458 44 68

Fax: +90 212 458 44 66


Istanbul By Drone: Blue Mosque on Sunset