Istanbul has numerous impressive mosques which take the attention of tourists who would like to see the stunning architecture and history at the same time. If you would like to have a walking tour in Istanbul and do not know where to go, we prepared an amazing Istanbul city guide for you. Let’s look at the most visited mosques and more detailed information.
Self-guided Walking Tour Istanbul
While you will be able to create your own walking tour according to the mosques that you would like to see, we listed the most visited and must-see mosques that you need to visit. You can see many other mosques on the route and you can also add them to your own self-guided walking tour at the same time.
Tour Duration: 51 Minutes
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
See Also: Mosques of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Mosque: Discover the Most Visited Stunning World Heritage
Hagia Sophia that is one of the most known symbols of Istanbul was built in 532-537 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. If you are planning to have the mosques walking tour in Istanbul, you should add Hagia Sophia Mosque on your route. In addition to that, Hagia Sophia is the World Heritage of UNESCO. You will also be able to visit the Museum of Hagia Sophia.
Winter: 09:00-17:00, last entry 16:00
Summer: 09:00-19:00, last entry 18:00, closed until 13:00 on the first days of the religious days.
Museum Entry Price
72 Turkish Liras for adults
(Free for people under 18)
The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque): Visit One of the Must-See Mosque in Istanbul
The Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is located near to Hagia Sophia Mosque. If you would like to create your self-guided walking tour for visiting the mosques, you can start with the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Blue Mosque is also a World Heritage of UNESCO as well. You will see the blue color most of the parts of the mosque and it is also the reason why the Sultan Ahmet Mosque took the Blue Mosque name by tourists.
Summer: 08:30-19:00, last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
On Fridays, the mosque is opening at 14:30 for visitors.
The Blue Mosque closes 30 minutes before the azan and 15 minutes after the azan for visiting.
See Also: Religious Heritage of Istanbul
Rustem Pasha Mosque: The Impressive Architecture of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul
The Rustem Pasha Mosque which is also located in the Fatih district of Istanbul was built in the years between 1561 and 1563. When you visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, you will be able to see the architecture of the Ottoman Empire closely and learn more about the history at the same time. The impressive mosque also is one of the most visited mosques in Istanbul by tourists.
Open 24 hours, except worship hours.
Suleymaniye Mosque: Meet with the Classical Architecture of the Ottoman Empire
The Suleymaniye Mosque has strong touches on the classical architecture of the Ottoman Empire. The stunning mosque was built in 1550-1557. If you would like to see different architectures on the mosques in Istanbul, you should add the Suleymaniye Mosque to your mosque walking tour.
Beyazid II Mosque
The Beyazid II Mosque is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. If you would like to see the architecture of the Ottoman Empire, you must see the Beyazid II Mosque. Beyazid II Mosque was built in the 16th century.
Bodrum Mosque: Discover the Byzantine Architecture in Istanbul
You can add Bodrum Mosque to your mosque walking tour because it is significantly close to the Beyazid II Mosque. Bodrum Mosque that was built in the 10th century is also known as the Mesih Pasa Mosque and it is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. You will be able to see the Byzantine style when you visit the Bodrum Mosque as well.
What to wear in mosques in Istanbul
People should take attention to wearing in all religious places. If you are planning to visit a mosque, you can prefer appropriate clothes during the visit. You can cover your shoulders, your legs. In addition to that, women also can use a headscarf before they visit the mosques.
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