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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4.5/51,119 Reviews
Mosque
Generally, it is open during 8:30-16:45. No entry during the Muslim religious service. There is a sign at the front of the door to remind visitors of the opening time of the day (about 3 periods per day). Friday is usually open to visitors from 13:00. (Local time)
Situated on the bank of the Bosphorus Strait is one of Istanbul's landmarks, Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It features a magnificent and eye-catching, enormous round dome. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque, was built under the rule of Sultan Ahmed during the Ottoman Empire. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque derives its name from the more than 20,000 blue ceramic tiles used to decorate its interior. These exquisite blue ceramic tiles are one of the mosque's highlights. The tiles are engraved with rich patterns and Arabic inscriptions, which are the perfect embodiment of the unique features of Islamic art.
Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia Museum

4.6/51,008 Reviews
Church
From April 15th to October 30th, 9:00-19:00, October 30th - April 15th, 9:00-17:00, stop selling tickets 1 hour before closing. The first day of Ramadan is not open every year, and lesser bairam is only open for half a day. (Local time)
The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine Empire. Its construction began in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages and then converted into a mosque during occupation by the Ottoman Empire. It has now been secularized and converted into Turkey’s most visited museum, with preserved murals covering the plaster walls. Most have been restored to resemble their original appearance. The building is a true spectacle featuring the overlap of Christianity and Islam, and is a very special site well worth visiting.
Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

4.5/5187 Reviews
Mosque
Chora Museum

Chora Museum

4.4/590 Reviews
Church
Museum
From April to October 9:00-19:00, November - March 9:00-17:00, stop selling tickets 1 hour before closing; closed on Wednesday. (Local time)
A visit to Chora Church is something for the more adventurous traveler. Located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood just inside the Theodosian Walls, you can get here by bus or taxi but don't wander too far, because it is not the safest neighborhood. The visit is still well worth the effort. Chora Church houses what is arguably the most extensive and best preserved collection of Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. The walls, domes and archways contain elaborate and colorful renderings of saints, Old Testament Patriarchs and bible scenes. The most moving of these may be the Anastasis--a depiction of Christ rescuing Adam and Eve from perdition.
Dolmabahçe Mosque

Dolmabahçe Mosque

4.2/539 Reviews
Mosque
Dolmabahce Mosque, also called the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque was built along with the Dolmabahce Palace in neo-classical and imperial style, and located in the south of Dolmabahce Palace. Originally the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan, mother of Sultan Abuulmecid I, commissioned this mosque, but after her death, it was continued by Sultan Abdulmecid I. Its architect was Garabet Balian and he completed the Mosque in 1855.
Rüstem Paşa Mosque

Rüstem Paşa Mosque

4.4/532 Reviews
Mosque
 Among the particularly current mosques in Istanbul, Rustem Pasha Mosque is simply the special case that prides of having utilized the Iznik tiles so luxuriously. It generally was constructed from around 1561 until 1563. The woodwork and the tiles literally are flawless even to eyes that do not really watch in particular. Given the pretty bustling neighborhood in which the mosque is found, the sentiment of tranquility will take you by lovely astonishment, which is so difficult to feel nowadays. The mosque is a living case of Ottoman supreme design that moves an incredible number of maturing architects, even today.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

4.4/529 Reviews
Church
Yeni Cami

Yeni Cami

4.5/5124 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Mosque
Little Hagia Sophia

Little Hagia Sophia

4.6/589 Reviews
Church
Mosque
Buyuk Mecidiye Cami

Buyuk Mecidiye Cami

5/54 Reviews
Mosque
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