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Blue Mosque

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Topkapi Palace

Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are both rated highly by reviewers writing for major publications. Overall, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most writers compared to Blue Mosque. Topkapi Palace is ranked #1 in Istanbul with positive reviews from 9 reviewers like Afar Magazine, Michelin Guide and Frommer's.

Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are both rated highly by reviewers writing for major publications. Overall, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most writers compared to Blue Mosque. Topkapi Palace is ranked #1 in Istanbul with positive reviews from 9 reviewers like Afar Magazine, Michelin Guide and Frommer's.

tripexpert score
94
#3 in Istanbul
location

Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey

endorsements
  • 6 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Adorned with over 20,000 blue hand-crafted Iznik tiles, stained-glass windows and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590-1617). Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Only after you enter the Blue Mosque do you understand the name... this mosque feels gloriously airy and full of light. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This grand bubble of masonry, one of the great and defining features of Istanbul's skyline, was constructed between 1609 and 1617 by Sultan Ahmet I. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    Intricately decorated with the blue Iznik porcelain tiles responsible for the mosque’s name, this mosque feels a bit like being inside a colossal blue china teapot. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    With his eponymously named mosque, Sultan Ahmet I (r1603–17) set out to build a monument that would rival and even surpass the nearby Aya Sofya in grandeur and beauty. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Istanbul

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

  • 8 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Topkapi Palace was where the Sultans lived for most of their 600 year rule over the Ottoman Empire. The Harem of the palace was home to the Sultan's mother, his concubines, wives,... Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Few other royal residences match this hilltop compound when it comes to mystery, intrigue, and the lavish intricacies of court life. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Topkapi Palace should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in the vast and exotic world behind the seraglio walls. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    The views are luxurious, the buildings overwhelmingly crafted, and the treasures outrageous. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. Full Review →

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