Mosques to see in Istanbul
There are more than 3000 mosques in Istanbul, real historical relics that you cannot miss while you are in Turkey. Meet some of them in our post. Check out:
The privileged location has made Istanbul one of the most important cities in world history. Ancient Constantinople, which was just on the way from Asia to Europe, in Turkey, was once the capital of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires.
Much of this rich history, divided between Christians and Muslims is intact and can be enjoyed. Just look at the Istanbul skyline and there will be the domes of the city’s mosques. There are more than 3100 mosques in Istanbul and, unlike what many think, some of them are open to visitors.
With their imposing minarets, a type of tower from which you can hear the call to prayers, mosques are true historical relics and cannot be left out of your itinerary on a trip to Turkey. Discover the impressive mosques to visit in Istanbul and schedule your visit!
– Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
The majestic Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii or Blue Mosque) is one of the main and most respected symbols of Istanbul – proof of this is that its image is stamped on several advertisements and outdoors around the city.
Located in the district of de Sultanahmet, the imposing the building impresses with its six minarets, which can be seen in different parts of the city. Built between 1607 and 1616 during the reign of Ahmet I, the Blue Mosque was strategically positioned in front of Aya Sofia, an evident way of rivaling the power of Islam over Christianity.
The blue of the name, however, was not given for anything: the interior of the mosque is filled with tiles that cover its walls in bluish tones. There are also mosaics on the walls where this color predominates, as well as paintings on the dome and a beautiful carpet that covers your floor. During periods of high season, the access of tourists is made through a different door from the faithful, so as not to disturb the prayers.
– Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
The Süleymaniye embellishes the highest of the seven hills of Istanbul and presents the tourist with great architectural work. Due to its privileged location, it is possible to get an incredible view of the Golden Horn, an estuary that divides the European side of the city of Istanbul.
– Hagia Sofia Basilica (Hagia Sofia)
The Hagia Sophia is one of the main historical points of Istanbul and one that you should not miss. It was built between 531 and 537 by Emperor Justinian, I reaffirm the power of Rome and Christianity. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 by the Muslims, it was transformed into a mosque. Fortunately, much of its original beauty has been retained but adapted with large minarets on its exterior.
Transformed into a museum, the basilica has some treasures that are worth admiring, such as a gigantic central vault and gold-plated mosaics. There are also domes and painted walls that will delight visitors.
Beside Hagia Sophia is another great work by Justinian, the Basilica Cistern. The building served to supply Topkapi’s palace and has an impressive capacity of 30 million liters of water, in addition to occupying an area of more than 10,000 square meters.
– Nuruosmaniye Mosque
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque is a typical mosque with Baroque architecture, very popular within the Ottoman Empire. The mosque was built by Sultan Osman III in 1755, on one of Istanbul’s seven hills.
With two minarets, each with two balconies, it has a single dome and no column inside the prayer room, which is erected by two giant arches. There is incredible work in this space, which brings together various ornaments on its main walls.
With many windows, the mosque is very bright, justifying the mosque’s name: Nuruosmaniye means “The Light of Osman”. The Mosque has a library that gathers thousands of manuscripts by the Sultans. Unfortunately, this section is closed to the public and only researchers have access.
– New Mosque (Yeni Camii)
Despite its name, the New Mosque is 400 years old since its construction, which began in 1597 at the orders of the mother of Sultan Mehmet III. It was 68 long years before it was completed in 1665 by the mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, so it is the mosque with the longest construction time in the history of Istanbul.
The time to finally be erected was long, but it was worth it. Inside, the New Mosque has a rich decoration with details in marble, gold, and the famous Iznik tiles. Also, there is a beautiful carpet and a large vault on the ceiling.
Yeni Camii, which is located in front of the Galata Bridge and next to the Spice Bazaar, has two minarets and 66 domes. Space also houses tombs of six sultans and other personalities of the empire.
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How to behave during your visit to Istanbul mosques
Despite being open for visitation, Istanbul Mosques are sacred for those who follow the Muslim faith. Some attitudes can be understood as disrespectful, so follow our tips to avoid embarrassment.
– To enter any of the mosques, it is necessary to remove your shoes. Usually, the Mosques themselves provide plastic bags to store their shoes during the visit;
– You should not enter the Mosques in short clothes, such as shorts or dresses, nor in clothes that leave the shoulders bare or low-cut;
– Women should cover their heads and shoulders with a handkerchief. In most mosques, the scarf is offered for the visit;
– Pay attention to the visiting hours of each the mosque, because some of them close during prayer periods;
– As it is a place of prayer, it is recommended to speak quietly and avoid making noise;
– Flash during photos is not allowed.
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