Blue Mosque

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Looking down on the basilica of Saint Sophia, the Blue Mosque is undoubtedly graceful. It owes its name to its founder, Sultan Ahmet I, and its nickname to some 20,000 blue ceramic tiles from Iznik. Built between 1609-1616, it represents one of Istanbul's last major imperial achievements by architect Mehmet Agha. The prayer room, covered in rugs, is lit by 260 windows and crowned by a dome, 43m high.

Useful information

Address:

Atmeydanı Cd. Istanbul

Opening hours

Free admittance to courtyard outside prayer times for the mosque. A headscarf and a long skirt are imposed at the entrance if you are not dressed properly

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Istanbul: refreshing refuge from the summer sun

Summer temperatures in Istanbul frequently hit the thirties (Celsius)! So, should you find yourself in former Constantinople at this time of the year, be it for business or pleasure, watch out for sunburn and heatstroke. Fortunately however, this huge metropolis is far from lacking in resources for anyone seeking a refreshing refuge from the fierce summer sun.
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