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Sultanahmet Mosque
* <see name="Hagia Irene" alt="Aya İrini" address="" directions="on the grounds of Topkapı Palace" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="20 TL (as of Oct 2016) or with the Museum Pass">Hagia Irene, which you will notice to your left after entering the outer yard of Topkapı Palace, is one of few Byzantine-era cathedrals which was never converted to a mosque (though not used for religious purposes either during the Ottoman period). Hagia Irene is now (October 2016) open to the public but going through renovation, so there is very little to see and might not be worth it if you don't have the Museum Pass. There are no audio guides or information signs within the building.</see>
* '''Sultanahmet Mosque''' (''Sultanahmet Camii'', aka '''Blue Mosque''') [http://www.sultanahmetcami.org/hakkinda_eg.php], At Meydan Sokak 17, Sultanahmet (by tram: Sultanahmet), +90 212 518-13-19. May-Oct 09:00-21:00, Nov-Apr: 09:00-21:00. With Yes the inside smells like feet, but with its six minarets and sweeping architecture the Sultanahmet or 'Blue' Mosque impresses from the outside. Unlike Haghia Sophia, this is still a working mosque, entry is through the courtyard on the SW side which is back side of mosque. No shorts or bare shoulders (shawls are provided) and you will need to remove your footwear (bags are provided that you can place your shoes in). Entrance is free, but donations are welcome upon exit. The mosque is closed during ritual prayer but mosque volunteers provide you with a free presentation about the Mosque and also about Islam during that period. The venue for this event is the Mosque's conference hall. It is the building with "Free Event" sign that will be on your left while you are approaching the Mosque from Hagia Sophia. There is no entrance fee, and there is even free refreshments. Women need to wear head scarves, which can be bought in nearby shops for 5-15TL or borrowed at the mosque for free. Everyone needs to cover their legs (no shorts or short skirts).
* '''Basilica Cistern''' (''Yerebatan Sarnici''). Yerebatan Cad., Sultanahmet [http://www.yerebatan.com], 09:00-18:30. A giant underground cistern built by Justinian in 532 to provide water to the city in cases of siege. A wooden walkway winds between the pillars, and lights and piped music add to the eerie atmosphere. Bring some type of fish food as you'll see enormous fish swimming below your feet, and throw a coin into the pool to make a wish. The statues of Medussa are impressive. 3 TL for Turkish citizens, 20 TL ( October 2016 -''no concessions. Turkish currency, NO credit cards accepted, NO Museum Pass accepted.'').

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