In a city of architectural wonders, it takes some doing to be the jewel in the crown, but the Blue Mosque – along with the tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, which resides within the mosque – remains Istanbul’s key tourism site. The mosque was also Sultan Ahmet I’s most majestic project, and its sweeping mixture of bulbous domes and sultry minarets is only matched by the interior blue Iznik tiles that lend this majestic mosque its name.
The iconic Byzantine-era structure built nearly 1,500 years ago
Home to more than one million ancient artefacts
Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art
Home stadium of one of Istanbul’s most storied clubs