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Why The Blue Mosque Smells Like Feet

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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A Brief History of The Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, which was burned down twice, used to be a church and is now a mosque.


The Hagia Sophia, a church turned mosque turned museum, sits majestically at almost 1,500 years old. Its beauty is timeless. It is as architecturally impressive now as it was back then.

In 1453, Constantinople, now Istanbul, was conquered by the Ottoman Turks. Everything was destroyed and burned to the ground. But Sultan Mehmed II was so enamored by The Hagia Sophia that he ordered it to be turned it into a mosque.

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Hali Hotel – The Perfect Place To Stay In Istanbul

Hali Hotel is an affordable place to stay in the center of Istanbul and is easily accessible to all the attractions and cultural institutions.


Amazing view of The Blue Mosque from the Hali Hotel in #Istanbul, #Turkey. #travel #latergram

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I landed in Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport homeless. This was the first time I didn’t book my hotel stay before I arrived. I took public transportation to Sultanahmet and toted my luggage around in search of a place to stay. After stopping by a few hotels, I settled on the Hali Hotel.

Imagine a panoramic view of the Golden Horn, The Haghia Sophia, The Bosporus River, The Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. That’s the view from the terrace of the Hali Hotel, where I had my complimentary breakfast every morning.

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