Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) (Istanbul)

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) (Istanbul)

Blue Mosque or Mosque of Sultan Ahmed in Istanbul is the most beautiful mosque in the city. It is easily distinguished by its six minarets or prayer towers. Four minarets are at its four corners while another two are at the corners of the outer compound. There is no doubt that Blue Mosque is one of the greatest masterpieces of not only Islamic, but the World architecture.


Meydani 21, Sultanahmet

Tel. (0212) 458 0776

Trolley: Sultanahmet

Open: 8:30am- 12pm, 1:45- 4:30pm daily

Closed: prayer times

Son et Lumier May- Sept: after dusk daily



Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) (Istanbul)The history of Blue Mosque started at the time of rule of Ottoman ruler Ahmed I. He managed to get his empire into wars on two fronts. One was in the East against Iran, while another front was in the West against Austria. Austrian war finally ended with a peace treaty on 11 November 1606. Ottomans were forced to give up the tribute Austrians had to pay them annually. Additionally sultan was forced to recognize the Habsburg Imperial rule. Ahmet I decided to appease God by building a mosque. This idea seemed appropriate since for more than 40 years where was no new mosques constructed in the city. Construction of Blue Mosque started on August 1609. Topkapi palace still houses six volumes of books that describe the process of erecting a new mosque.