General Travel Advice
Visit The Best Mosques in Istanbul
Here is some advice on Mosques in Istanbul and how to be prepared for easy sightseeing. Some mosques will offer you things to wear to cover up and scarves, but I prefer to be prepared and use my clothing. Mosques are Free and Open to Public in Istanbul.
Top 6 Mosques in Istanbul
What to Wear
During prayer service, if you aren’t Muslim, you can’t enter the mosques. If you are a woman, plan to wear a scarf to cover your head, shoulders and arms, additionally your chest needs to be covered. Both women and men must have their knees covered and must dress modestly to enter a mosque.
How to Speak
Enter the mosque with reverence. If you are speaking, speak in a whisper. This is very hard to do because of the acoustics. Your voice will carry, and everyone is likely to hear your conversation.
Remember, many people understand English around the world, so watch what you say. Even though you think people can’t hear you or understand you, be aware. I have seen ugly things happen and insults taken because tourists didn’t understand that they were heard and understood.
My favorite views of the mosques in Istanbul.
Park in front of the Blue Mosque
There is a restaurant with great view of the Blue Mosque with cheap eats. Try it, it will keep you on budget
The Doy Doy is a great restaurant; very inexpensive. A great view of Blue Mosque is served from the upper deck, but no alcohol is available.
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located next to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Leaving the Grand Bazaar, walk through this gate and continue walking.
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque is to the left
This mosque is very light and airy and feels pure. The color scheme is white, blue and gold.
Because I had taken the time to dress properly, I was allowed in while other Westerners weren’t. This was during prayer time, and I got a rare look inside.
This photo was taken during the message part of the worship, not during prayer.
Entrance to the shrine.’
Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii)
Circumcision Ceremony and Silver Foot-steps
Visit churches in the same neighborhood to compare the architectural similarities and differences between churches and mosques while you are there.
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