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Blue Mosque guided tour

This wondrous building is perhaps the most photographed site in Istanbul, its distinctive shape dominating the Sultanahmet skyline. It was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I who reigned from 1603 to 1617, and wanted to create something that would rival or even surpass the beauty of the Hagia Sophia. 

Working closely with architect Sedefhar Mehmet Aga, the sultan ordered six minarets to be constructed on the mosque, a controversial decision as the only other mosque in the world with this number of minarets was in Mecca. 

Both within and outside the mosque, its multiple domes create a magnificent effect: a cascade from the outside, while from inside the domes reinforce the eyes' gaze upwards towards the centre of the mosque, which soars towards heaven.

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Other experiences in Istanbul

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Dolmabahce Palace seen from the Bosphorus, Istanbul

    Bosphorus cruise

    Istanbul

    Starting from the marina just in front of the Spice Market, your cruise will take you out onto the Bosphorus to view many of Istanbul's different architectural styles.

  • Suleymaniye Mosque

    Guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque

    Istanbul

    This excursion will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which dominates Istanbul's skyline, to see its Iznik tiles, mother of pearl inlays and stained glass windows.

  • Basilica Cistern

    Private tour of the Basilica Cistern

    Istanbul

    Visit the Basilica Cistern’s underground cavern. Descending beneath the streets, you’ll be met with the sight of hundreds of columns rising from the waters, with towering, arched brick ceilings overhead.

  • Dolmabahce Palace

    Shared tour of Dolmabahce Palace

    Istanbul

    Take a guided tour of the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace, which is sumptuously decorated from floor to ceiling with gold and crystal.

  • The Spice Market, Istanbul

    Spice Market tour

    Istanbul

    Experience the smells and sounds of the Spice Market with this guided tour through its narrow streets and stalls selling herbs and spices, Turkish delight, tea and other delicacies.

  • The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

    Tour of the Grand Bazaar

    Istanbul

    This privately guided tour will take you beneath the domed roof of the Grand Bazaar to explore its labyrinthine alleys and stalls.

  • Topkapi Palace

    Trip to the Topkapi Palace

    Istanbul

    Learn about life in the imperial household of the Ottoman sultans with this guided excursion of the Topkapi Palace’s buildings and Treasury.