Nuruosmaniye Camii
Nuruosmaniye Camii
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Neighbourhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We stumbled across this mosque as we were walking near the Grand Bazaar. It is very interesting to go inside for free and much better than paying 25€….
Written 8 April 2024
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ992 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Hard to miss if you walk from Sultanahmet to the Grand Bazaar, this is one of the lesser-visited grand mosques in central Istanbul. It was once described to me as the most "Baroque" of all mosques, even though I find it understated and elegant. Well worth stopping by to admire. Keep in mind, that all mosque are off-limits to visitors for about an hour around each service.
Written 6 November 2023
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timhass
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful masjid and right next to Istanbul old bazaar. The design is similar to Istanbul blue masjid
Written 2 September 2023
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tripsandfood55
London, UK4,457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
As you come out of one of the Grand Bazaar exits, you will find is the The Nuruosmaniye Mosque that was built in the 18th-century and was the first monumental Ottoman building to show Ottoman Baroque style (Influenced by European Baroque architecture). Nuruosmaniye, meaning "The light of Osman" Entry is free. If in the area, also close by is the Column of Constantine, that is worth finding.
Written 21 July 2023
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This was a surprise - much bigger inside than expected. Clean, not busy, perfect state, nearby the city centre, easy to reach.
Written 16 October 2022
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David D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The mosque is quite close to the Grand Bazaar and is well worth a visit. It is quieter than many of the other Imperial mosques in the city, and while it conforms to many Ottoman architectural standards, there is some European influence as well. It is a peaceful place and a good respite after the bustle of the Grand Bazaar.
Written 20 September 2022
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Lovin' it on Phuket
1,290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I was in Istanbul for 6 months making videos for YouTube and taking photos. I visited and photographed many of the mosques and Nuruosmaniye Camii is really special. I actually made a 360 video tour of it because I would hate to think that anyone may miss visiting if they went on a trip to Istanbul. You don't need a guide, the care takers are very knowledgeable and enjoy sharing information. There are also multilingual signs around the grounds explaining some of the history and purpose of this amazing building. If you want a grand experience though try seeing it for the first time this way.

Come around to Nuruosmaniye Camii from the square that houses the Column of Constantinople. As you walk through this very flat area towards the mosque you really get a feel for its sheer size. There is an old stone wall around the structure and you will notice it gets larger as you get closer but Nuruosmaniye Camii does not really grow in size much. When you get to the wall make a right and then a left. This will bring you to the back gate. Enter the gate and about 10 meters in on your right hand side is an information post. Take a good look around and be sure to look up when looking at the main structure. As you proceed down the path to the main entrance there are a lot of trees. The best time for seeing the actual building is in winter and spring. Really take a look at the construction though, the work was done with a lot of love and care. Once you get inside the main door its a massive room. The care taker did this cool thing where he closed the curtain over the entrance and the whole interior went dim. Then he opened the curtain and let the sun in. The stone I guess is reflective and the whole place lit up. The interior is very tastefully decorated. White marble, stained glass and dark accents. On the way out you can leave a donation if you like. I always appreciate that when I am making a video of somewhere.

I would suggest taking a day and just walking from the metro station towards Sultanahmet Square. You have Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome of Constantinople at Sultanahmet Square. If you continue up the street, on the right hand side is the Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II (Googles name for it) and right after that is the Column of Constantinople. The column isn't a lot to see but right next to it is Bey Gummus mosque and through the square is Nuruosmaniye Camii. After that you can either hit the Bazaar or head back towards Hagia Sophia and check out Gulhane Park.
Written 24 August 2021
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TommyGee25
London34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A beautiful awe inspiring mosque. A stones throw away from the Grand Bazaar in the heart of the city but once inside the tranquility and serenity is sublime. Sitting in the mosque and looking up at the dome one realises the genius of the architect whose plan brought this to fruition and the incredible vastness of the size of the structure. Please do visit this mosque if only for 10 minutes to appreciate it's history and splendour, you won't be disappointed.
Written 25 August 2020
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Riz
Toronto, Canada76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated and overlooked locations in Istanbul. Built with an Ottoman baroque style, there’s a serene beauty to this mosque.

Arrive in-between prayer times, and you can find it almost empty.

While the interior is not as ornate as the Blue Mosque, it’s certainly beautiful. I personally found it a much more memorable mosque.
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Written 4 January 2020
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Srqua Giovanni
Rome, Italy2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Holly place. Amazing architecture. Visited 2 times during my stay. Next to the entrance of the grand Bazaar where Nusret Steakhouse located.
Written 25 December 2019
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