The Blue Mosque reeks, especially during the summer, but that’s because everyone has to take their shoes off.

 

Beautiful blue tiles inside The Blue Mosque. Unfortunately, it smelled like feet. #Istanbul #Turkey #latergram

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The Blue Mosque sits directly across from the Hagia Sophia on the Hippodrome, also known as Sultanahmet Square. It’s hard to say which is more impressive. They both rival in beauty. With six towering minarets, The Blue Mosque dominates the Istanbul skyline.

Unlike The Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque is an active mosque and is not open to visitors at all times. Doors open at 9am and close five times throughout the day for prayers. It is also closed midday on Fridays, the mandatory prayer of the week. Most mosques close an hour before sun down.

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