Feel the Captivating Atmosphere of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque )

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.

Visiting Information:

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.

Hagia Sophia: 1500 Years Old Masterpiece

Standing at the heart of Istanbul’s famous historic peninsula for nearly 1500 years, Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous landmarks in the world that ever built. Originally, the Hagia Sophia was built as a basilica which was constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. The construction was started on 23 February 532 and its written that during the construction work, there were 100 architects working under two chief architects; Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus). 100 workers have worked at the disposal of each architect and this magnificent sanctuary was completed in a short period of 5 years and 10 months.

Hagia Sophia was the world’s largest building and an engineering marvel of its time. Although the building was damaged and collapsed several times, it was rebuilt again and today it is one of the few survived structures from the early Middle Ages. Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror conquered Istanbul in 1453. Under the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Visiting Information:

Hagia Sophia is open for visit every day. The winter visiting hours for the Hagia Sophia are from 09.00 to 17.00, with the final entry being at 16.00. During the summer, the visiting hours are between 09.00 and 19.00, with the final entry being at 18.00. Passes are available at the box office in the museum and the Ticket price is 40 Turkish Liras. Museum Pass Istanbul (185 Turkish Liras) is also being sold at the entrance of the museum.

For more information please go to http://www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr