Blue Mosque tickets & tours

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Guided Tours

Guided Tour of Blue Mosque

from €19
€14.25

25% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
1 hr.
  • Enjoy a tour of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed Blue Mosque with an enthusiastic local guide – recently open after 5 years of extensive renovation!
  • Take a complimentary walking tour of the Old City as many of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman-built gems, including the mosque, are found here.
  • Admire the interior of the mosque with carved tiles and painted glass windows. Other decorative elements include geometric bands and organic medallions.
  • Take pictures outside in the mosque’s majestic courtyard, with its hexagonal fountain, before exploring on your own.
  • Enjoy a tour of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed Blue Mosque with an enthusiastic local guide – recently open after 5 years of extensive renovation!
  • Take a complimentary walking tour of the Old City as many of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman-built gems, including the mosque, are found here.
  • Admire the interior of the mosque with carved tiles and painted glass windows. Other decorative elements include geometric bands and organic medallions.
  • Take pictures outside in the mosque’s majestic courtyard, with its hexagonal fountain, before exploring on your own.

Inclusions

  • 1-hr guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry to the Blue Mosque
  • Walking tour of the Old City around the mosque
  • Combo: Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia guided tour (optional)
  • Combo: Blue Mosque + Basilica Cistern guided tour (optional)
  • Tip: Don't forget to check out the 'paradise garden' mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I, his wife, and his 3 sons outside in the courtyard.
  • Please note that the security line can take up to 60 minutes in the high season.
  • If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is 1€ and a body cover is 3€).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tours

Combo: Hagia Sophia Mosque & Blue Mosque Guided Tour with Tickets

€59
€49

17% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
3 hr.
  • Visit 2 of Istanbul’s top attractions – Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque – at a discounted price with this combo ticket that includes a local guide.
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mosque, which is now open to the general public after 5 years of extensive renovations.
  • Experience the beauty of Hagia Sophia, the largest religious building in Turkey, and view its magnificent dome featuring 40 windows.
  • Join a complimentary walking tour of the Old City around the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and click amazing pictures of any gems of the Ottoman Empire!
  • Visit 2 of Istanbul’s top attractions – Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque – at a discounted price with this combo ticket that includes a local guide.
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mosque, which is now open to the general public after 5 years of extensive renovations.
  • Experience the beauty of Hagia Sophia, the largest religious building in Turkey, and view its magnificent dome featuring 40 windows.
  • Join a complimentary walking tour of the Old City around the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and click amazing pictures of any gems of the Ottoman Empire!

Inclusions

Hagia Sophia

  • Hagia Sophia Mosque entrance tickets to the visiting area
  • 1-hr guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • English-speaking guide

Blue Mosque

  • Entry to the Blue Mosque
  • 1-hr guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • English-speaking guide
  • Old City tour

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

  • Tip: If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is 1€ and a body cover is 3€).
  • Please note that the security line can take up to 60 minutes in the high season.
  • Photography and outside food and drinks are allowed.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tours

Combo: Topkapi Palace + Blue Mosque Guided Tours with Skip-the-Line Tickets

from €62
€55

11% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr.
Audio Guide
  • Book this combo package for a guided tour of the Blue Mosque and skip-the-line access to Topkapi Palace and witness both sites within a span of 2 days.
  • Skip the lines to visit the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans, and discover ancient jewels, weaponry, and Chinese porcelain.
  • Explore the Holy Relics chamber, which houses precious items of historical figures like Prophet Muhammad, Moses, and David.
  • Take a stroll along the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness the white calligraphy of Quranic verses on the domes.
  • Learn from your guide about the 20,000 handmade Iznik blue tiles covering the mosque walls, and find out more about the 6 intricately engraved minarets.
  • Upgrade your ticket and enter Basilica Cistern, an underground water reservoir of Constantinople.
  • Book this combo package for a guided tour of the Blue Mosque and skip-the-line access to Topkapi Palace and witness both sites within a span of 2 days.
  • Skip the lines to visit the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans, and discover ancient jewels, weaponry, and Chinese porcelain.
  • Explore the Holy Relics chamber, which houses precious items of historical figures like Prophet Muhammad, Moses, and David.
  • Take a stroll along the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness the white calligraphy of Quranic verses on the domes.
  • Learn from your guide about the 20,000 handmade Iznik blue tiles covering the mosque walls, and find out more about the 6 intricately engraved minarets.
  • Upgrade your ticket and enter Basilica Cistern, an underground water reservoir of Constantinople.

Inclusions

Topkapi Palace

  • Skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace
  • 1-hr guided tour of the Topkapi Palace
  • Access to Topkapi Palace's Harem section
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide app in 10 languages

Blue Mosque

  • 1-hr guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide app in 10 languages

Guided tour of Basilica Cistern (optional)

Topkapi Palace

  • Tip: Don't miss the intricate miniatures portraying religious texts, court scenes of Sultans, and the very first map of the world made in 1513.
  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

Blue Mosque

  • Tip: Check out the multiple chandeliers with ostrich eggs, ingeniously used to repel spiders and prevent cobwebs inside the mosque.
  • There could be a waiting line during peak seasons at Blue Mosque which may take up to 60 mins.
  • Scarves and body covers can be purchased at the entrance for 1€ and 3€ respectively.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tours

Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

€89
€77

13% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Extended Validity
Instant Confirmation
4 hr.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of 3 of Istanbul’s iconic attractions with this one combo ticket that you can use in 1 day or over a span of 2 days.
  • Skip the lines and enter the 4th-century Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir from the Byzantine times, with an expert English-speaking guide.
  • Admire the artwork here with raised wooden platforms and aesthetic vaulted ceilings as you to the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology.
  • Soak up the architectural charm and beauty of the Blue Mosque as you admire the hand-painted blue tiles that adorn the mosque’s interior walls.
  • See the 5 main domes, 6 minarets, and 8 secondary domes and learn about Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, Islam and Istanbul’s rich heritage from your guide.
  • Enter Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line access, an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires and admire its architectural beauty.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of 3 of Istanbul’s iconic attractions with this one combo ticket that you can use in 1 day or over a span of 2 days.
  • Skip the lines and enter the 4th-century Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir from the Byzantine times, with an expert English-speaking guide.
  • Admire the artwork here with raised wooden platforms and aesthetic vaulted ceilings as you to the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology.
  • Soak up the architectural charm and beauty of the Blue Mosque as you admire the hand-painted blue tiles that adorn the mosque’s interior walls.
  • See the 5 main domes, 6 minarets, and 8 secondary domes and learn about Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, Islam and Istanbul’s rich heritage from your guide.
  • Enter Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line access, an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires and admire its architectural beauty.

Inclusions

Basilica Cistern

  • 30-min guided tour of the Basilica Cistern
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Basilica Cistern
  • Expert English-speaking guide

Blue Mosque

  • 60-min guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Entry to the Blue Mosque
  • English-speaking guide

Hagia Sophia

  • 60-min guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Hagia Sophia
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Audio guide inside Hagia Sophia

Basilica Cistern

  • Tip: The underground cistern is dark and damp, which can lead to a drop in temperature. It’s best to carry a light cardigan to keep yourself warm.

Blue Mosque

  • Tip: Look out for decorations and items inside the mosque inscribed with the names of the caliphs and verses from the Quran.
  • Please note that the security line can take up to 60 minutes in the high season.
  • If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is 1€ and a body cover is 3€).

Hagia Sophia

  • Tip: Don’t forget to make a wish at one of Hagia Sophia’s columns, known as the ‘wishing column.’ Legend has it that if you poke your finger through a hole in the column and your finger emerges wet, your wishes will come true and you’ll be cured of any illness. No harm in trying!
  • Please expect a considerable wait time as you enter the attraction, especially during holidays and weekends.
  • Security checks at Hagia Sophia take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Since it is a religious place, guests are requested to wear clothes that cover their arms and head.
  • While photography is allowed, all visitors are requested to refrain from turning on flash and using bulky accessories like tripods.
  • Hagia Sophia may be closed during prayer times as it is a place of religious worship.
  • These tickets are valid for 2 days from the date of experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 2 days from the date of purchase.
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Combos

Combo: Topkapi Palace + Hagia Sophia + Blue Mosque Guided Tour

€120
€105

13% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
  • Save big on your Istanbul trip with a combo to plan your visit across 3 days to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque.
  • You have the flexibility to plan your visit across 3 days. Decide the best time to go that suits your vacation schedule.
  • Lavish interiors and tales from Ottoman rule await at Topkapi Palace, along with captivating views of the Bosphorus river from the gardens.
  • A cathedral, a mosque, and a museum - your guide will introduce you to the many facets of the architectural feat that is Hagia Sophia.
  • With cascading domes, embellished high ceilings, and handcrafted blue ceramic tiles, Blue Mosque is a sight you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
  • Save big on your Istanbul trip with a combo to plan your visit across 3 days to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque.
  • You have the flexibility to plan your visit across 3 days. Decide the best time to go that suits your vacation schedule.
  • Lavish interiors and tales from Ottoman rule await at Topkapi Palace, along with captivating views of the Bosphorus river from the gardens.
  • A cathedral, a mosque, and a museum - your guide will introduce you to the many facets of the architectural feat that is Hagia Sophia.
  • With cascading domes, embellished high ceilings, and handcrafted blue ceramic tiles, Blue Mosque is a sight you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

Inclusions

Topkapi Palace

  • Skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace
  • 1-hr English-guided tour

Hagia Sophia

  • Skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia
  • 1-hr English-guided tour
  • Audio guide in 23 languages

Blue Mosque

  • Entry to Blue Mosque
  • 1-hr English-guided tour

Exclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to Blue Mosque

Topkapi Palace

  • Tip: Try to plan your visit early morning on weekdays for lesser crowds and quieter explorations.
  • The attraction is wheelchair accessible. However, access to some areas may be challenging due to uneven surfaces or steps.

Hagia Sophia

  • Tip: The ground floor offers the best photo opportunities with its exquisite interiors and ceiling.
  • Please note that during the high season, the waiting time for security checks is around 60 minutes.
  • To enter the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, women must cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. They must also partially cover their hair with a scarf. Men must cover their knees and shoulders. If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is €1 and a body cover is €3).
  • The attraction is wheelchair accessible. However, access to some areas may be challenging due to uneven surfaces or steps.

Blue Mosque

  • Tip: The mosque is closed to visitors during prayer times for 90 minutes. It is advised to check the prayer schedule before planning your visit.
  • Please note that during the high season, the waiting time for security checks is around 45 minutes.
  • To enter the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, women must cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. They must also partially cover their hair with a scarf. Men must cover their knees and shoulders. If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is €1 and a body cover is €3).
  • The attraction is wheelchair accessible. However, access to some areas may be challenging due to uneven surfaces or steps.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is an iconic masterpiece of Ottoman architecture built in the early 17th century. This monument derived its name from the blue Iznik tiles adorning its interiors. These tiles feature intricate patterns and calligraphy, creating a visual spectacle on the outside. It is one of the only mosques in Istanbul with six minarets. The inside of the Blue Mosque is equally impressive, with stained glass windows, grand chandeliers, and a giant central dome. 

The architectural design combines Ottoman and Byzantine styles, showcasing the transcultural influences and the cultural richness of Istanbul. Beyond its architectural splendor, the Blue Mosque is also open to the public and serves as an active mosque, accommodating thousands of visitors every day. 

Things to know before you buy your Blue Mosque ticket

  • Make sure to book your tickets well in advance if you are visiting the Blue Mosque during the peak season (May to mid-September).
  • Since the Blue Mosque is a place of worship, make sure to adhere to the dress code. Both men and women are required to cover their shoulders and knees, and women need to cover their hair with a scarf.
  • The Blue Mosque is an active place of worship, so keep in mind that visitors cannot enter during prayer hours. Plan your visit to ensure you don’t have to wait too long to enter.
  • In the peak season, the security line before entry can take up to 60 minutes.
  • While most areas of the Blue Mosque are accessible by wheelchair, keep in mind that some areas may have limited access due to its historical architecture.

Which Blue Mosque ticket is best for you?

If you are a budget-conscious traveller

Go for: Guided tour
Duration: 1 hour
Guide: Expert English-speaking guide

  • Explore the Blue Mosque with an expert English-speaking guide, who will enrich your experience with in-depth historical insights.
  • Consider upgrading your ticket and exploring either Hagia Sophia or Basilica Cistern along with the Blue Mosque.

Recommended ticket:

If you have limited time

Go for: Combo tours
Duration: 3 hours, 4 hours
Guide: English-speaking guide

  • Combo tickets allow you to visit the most iconic tourist attractions in Istanbul.
  • These tickets include skip-the-line entry for some of the attractions, saving you further time.

Recommended ticket:

If you are a history enthusiast

Go for: Combo tours
Duration: 3 hours, 4 hours
Guide: English-speaking guide

  • Delve into Istanbul's vibrant past and its Ottoman and Byzantine heritage by visiting its most important historical sites.
  • An expert English-speaking guide will accompany you and share fascinating insights into the historical significance of each attraction.

Recommended ticket:

If you are looking for the ultimate Istanbul experience

Go for: City tour
Duration: Multiple days
Guide: English-speaking guide, audio guides

  • Visit all the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul with guided tours with a single ticket.
  • This ticket includes a Bosphorus cruise, allowing you to experience the beauty of Istanbul from the water.

Recommended ticket:

Blue Mosque Highlights

Blue Mosque Ceiling
Blue Mosque Royal Kiosk
Stained Glass Windows at the Blue Mosque
The Great Tablets at the Blue Mosque

The Great Tablets

The mosque’s enormous tablets have Quranic verses and the names of the Caliphs etched on them. They were created by the renowned Diyarbakir calligrapher Seyyid Kasim Gubari in the 17th century.

The Forecourt at the Blue Mosque

The Forecourt

The forecourt of the Blue Mosque is surrounded by a continuous vaulted arcade and has turrets on its corner domes. The rest of the facade is the same as that of the Suleymaniye Mosque.

The Minarets at the Blue Mosque

The Minarets

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has six minarets, four of which are visible from the corners. These fluted, pencil-shaped minarets each have three stalactite corbels, known as ‘Erefe’. 

The Courtyard at the Blue Mosque

The Courtyard

The spacious courtyard of the mosque before the main prayer area is known as ‘Avlu’. It also has a beautiful fountain where worshippers perform ritual washing before prayers. 

The Sahn at the Blue Mosque

The Sahn

The mosque’s courtyard leads up to the ‘Sahn’, an open area surrounded by covered arcades. Make sure to admire the intricate tilework and decorative elements on the exterior walls. 

The Mihrab and the Minbar at the Blue Mosque

The Mihrab and the Minbar

Positioned on the qibla wall and covered in intricate decorations, the Mihrab is a niche indicating the direction of Mecca while the Minrab is a pulpit from where the main Imam delivers sermons.

Plan Your Visit to Blue Mosque

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Getting There
Entrance
Facilities
Eat
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Blue Mosque opening hours
Blue Mosque opening hours
  • Daily: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Closed: During prayer hours

Best Time to Visit: Around 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Best Month to Visit: November to March

Blue Mosque prayer timings

The Blue Mosque is closed during prayer hours to non-worshippers and visitors. Make sure to check Blue Mosque's prayer hours for a hassle-free touring experience.

Blue Mosque prayer timings >

How to Reach the Blue Mosque?
Blue Mosque entrances

The Blue Mosque has 3 entrances- the main entrance in the north facing the Hippodrome, another on the western side facing the Hagia Sophia, and another on the southern side of the mosque. 

  • Main entrance: This entrance is reserved only for worshippers. The authorities may make exceptions for visitors with limited mobility and allow them to enter through this gate. 
  • Hagia Sophia entrance: This gate is one of the most accessible and recognizable entrances to the mosque, situated opposite the Hagia Sophia, and only a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet. 
  • Southern entrance: This is another entrance that non-worshippers and visitors can use. Please note that this entrance remains closed during prayer hours. 
Facilities Available at the Blue Mosque
What to Eat Near the Blue Mosque?
  • Serbethane: Make sure to try the baklava, Turkish pizza, and apple tea. It also offers vegan and gluten-free options. (1.7 km)
  • Arasta Cafe and Restaurant: They are famous for their Turkish food and warm customer service. This restaurant also offers halal, vegetarian, and vegan options. (1.9 km)
  • The Ottomans Kitchen Cafe and Restaurant: From seafood, Mediterranean, and Turkish to steak barbecues, this restaurant offers it all. You can also find a good variety of baklava and vegetarian options. (1.7 km)
  • As You See Seafood and Kebab: As their name suggests, this eatery is famous for its fresh seafood. They also offer complimentary tea and treats. (1.7 km)
  • Tamara Restaurant: Make sure to try the sucuclu pide, beyti, and coban kovurma. Their lentil curry soup is also famous among visitors. (130.0 m)
  • En La Luna Terrace: This is a rooftop dining restaurant that serves delicious seafood and kebabs along with fantastic views of the city skyline. (2.0 km)
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Tips to Note When Visiting the Blue Mosque

Beyond Blue Mosque

Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Mosque

Where can I buy Blue Mosque tickets?

We recommend you book Blue Mosque tickets online because the mosque remains open to worshippers throughout the year. To avoid standing in long lines, it is best to purchase tickets in advance. 

What is the cost of Blue Mosque tickets?

Depending on the type of ticket you choose, Blue Mosque tickets range from €17 to €36.

What are the different types of Blue Mosque tickets available?

You can choose between Blue Mosque guided tours for around €17 and a 2-hour guided tour with an expert English-speaking tour guide. You can also purchase combo ticket options that include access to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace. 

Will I get skip-the-line access with my Blue Mosque tickets?

Depending on the type of ticket you choose, booking Blue Mosque guided tours will allow you to skip ahead of long lines. Guided tours also allow you to dive deeper into the history and culture of Istanbul. 

What is Blue Mosque?

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the prime examples of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul. It is the only mosque in Istanbul that has six minarets. The upper levels and ceilings are lined with more than 20,000 Iznek tiles, which truly reflect the splendor of the Ottoman reign. 

What are some of the highlights of the Blue Mosque?

When visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, look out for its six minarets and gorgeous cascading grey domes. The upper levels are adorned with thousands of blue Iznek tiles. It also has a spacious courtyard. The grand prayer hall features a stunning arrangement of pillars and arches, while the mihrab (prayer niche) is embellished with finely detailed tile work. 

Where is Blue Mosque located?

The Blue Mosque is situated on Binbirdirek, At Meydani Cd No:10, 34122 Fatih in Istanbul, Turkey.

What are the Blue Mosque's opening hours?

The Blue Mosque is open to worshippers and the public from 9 AM to 5 PM throughout the year, except during prayer hours and noon prayers on Fridays. 

How to reach the Blue Mosque?

You can get on any bus between 38B, 77A, or BN1 and reach Akbiyik- Eminonu (Sahil) Yonu, a short walk from the Blue Mosque. You can also get on the Atakoy to Pendik or the Halkali to Gebze train or the M2 metro and get down at the Sirkeci station. It is a short while away from the Blue Mosque. 

What facilities are available at the Blue Mosque?

The Blue Mosque is equipped with ramps and elevators to help tourists on wheelchairs or strollers to navigate the space. While most of the area is easily accessible, there are some limitations due to its Ottoman architectural design. 

Is the Blue Mosque wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Blue Mosque has ramps and elevators to help visitors on wheelchairs navigate the space. These ramps are on the northwest side of the building near the Hippodrome and the Obelisks. 

Is photography allowed at the Blue Mosque?

Yes, you can click pictures of the interiors and architectural designs of the Blue Mosque, however, you must be respectful at all times. Please refrain from using commercial equipment like tripods or flash photography as they may disturb other worshippers. 

Should I buy Blue Mosque tickets in advance?

Yes, we recommend you buy Blue Mosque tickets in advance for it is a popular attraction right at the heart of Sultanahmet Square and receives lots of visitors throughout the year.

How long should I spend at the Blue Mosque?

We recommend you spend around 1 to 2 hours at the Blue Mosque to explore its interiors fully. If you book Blue Mosque guided tours, an expert tour guide will accompany you for a 2-hour tour through the mosque’s prayer halls and interiors. 

Is the Blue Mosque worth visiting?

Absolutely! Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or a spiritual seeker, the Blue Mosque is one of the must-visit attractions in Istanbul. It is the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets and around 20,000 blue Iznik tiles adorning its upper levels. The interplay of light through its grand prayer halls and the stained glass windows make it a remarkable sight to behold.