Dolmabahce Mosque is an aesthetically designed mosque on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, constructed in an eclectic mix of Baroque and Ottoman styles of architecture. Its unique huge circular glass windows make it airy and well-lit. It has also been constructed to withstand seismic activity and stood intact for more than a century before minor repairs and renovations were made.
The twin stone minarets towering over the Dolmabahce mosque are symmetrically constructed and located right behind the dome over the main prayer hall. Though they look like smooth marble columns, each minaret is made of fluted columns and has a serefe (minaret balcony) each. These minarets too have withstood many earthquakes but the west side minaret was damaged a few years ago and was repaired recently.
Illuminated by huge circular windows, the inside of Dolmabahce mosque is well-lit and airy. It has ornate decorations on the walls and ceilings. The walls are decorated with beautiful Arabic calligraphy. The decorations on the walls and ceiling are intricate and some are made of gold. An ornate and elegant sparkling crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling reflecting various colours during the day.
Dolmabahce Mosque was designed by Nigogayos Balyan and constructed by Garabet Balyan between 1853 and 1855. It is a fusion of Ottoman and Baroque architectural styles. The dome over the main prayer hall and the symmetrically constructed twin stone minarets, with a balcony each, are distinctly Ottoman. The mosque itself is constructed in an intricate and ornate style reminiscent of Baroque architecture.
The most unique feature of this mosque are the huge circular glass windows that illuminate it with natural daylight. An interesting fact about its design is that it was constructed to withstand earthquakes.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.
Note: The mosque is closed during prayer time
Best time to visit: Dolmabahce mosque is open all year round. But avoid visiting during the First day of the Feast of Sacrifice, the First day of the Ramadan Bairam since it will be very crowded with worshippers.
Address: Ömer Avni, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:34, 34427 Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Türkiye
Dolmabahce Mosque is located a few metres south of the Dolmabahce Palace. This aesthetic neo-baroque styled mosque is a beautiful landmark along the shores of the Bosphorus Strait. It served as a naval museum for a short while, from 1948 to 1962. After its restoration, it was re-opened for prayers.
Dolmabahce Mosque is located in Istanbul, Turkey, at the southern end of the Dolmabahce Palace compound along the Bosphorus Strait.
Entry to the mosque is free. Visitors should avoid visiting during prayer times as it is a functioning mosque.
Yes, you can visit Dolmabahce Mosque with Dolmabahce Palace tickets.
Dolmabahce Mosque was designed by Nigogayos Balyan and Garabat Balyan.
Dolmabahce Mosque has beautiful glass windows that are not just aesthetic but also functional, since they light up the mosque during day time. Huge ornamental Arabic calligraphy in gold adorns the interiors. The domed ceiling is decorated with intricate ornamental designs and has a beautiful crystal chandelier.
Dolmabahce Mosque is open between 9 AM and 6 PM. However, we recommend planning your visit so that it doesn’t coincide with prayer times, since this is a place of worship.
Dolmabahce Mosque is located at Ömer Avni, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd., Beyoğlu, İstanbul.
Yes, wheelchair users can access Dolmabahce Mosque.
Yes, you can take pictures at Dolmabahce Mosque. However, flash photography is not allowed.
Yes. Since this is a place of worship, women must cover their heads and shoulders before entering the mosque. Both men and women must wear clothes that cover the knees. Visitors must take off their shoes before entering.