One of the most iconic landmarks of the Istanbul, the Blue Mosque or the Sultan Ahmet Mosque was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Although it is a very famous tourist site, the Blue Mosque still serves as a mosque today and its minarets announce the call to prayer five times a day.
The Blue Mosque was built between the years 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I who was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1603 until his death in 1617. Like many other other mosques built under the order of the Sultan, the Blue Mosque also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the Blue Mosque’s interior walls and give its name “Blue”. At night, the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
Blue mosque is located at the south east of side of Istanbul’s famous historic peninsula. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia and the famous Hippodrome.
Since the Blue Mosque still serves as a place of worship, it’s open for prayers and visitors for seven days a week. Best time to visit the Blue Mosque is mid morning. Pray at the mosque happens five times a day with the first call to prayer at sunrise and the last one at nightfall. Avoid visiting a mosque at pray time (Especially Midday praying on Friday) or within a half hour after the call for prayer is chanted from the Mosque minarets. Visitors do not have pay a fee to enter the Blue Mosque. However, visitors are requested to follow the dress code of the mosque as it is a place of worship. If needed, appropriate attire can be borrowed from the office for free of charge.