Wheelchair Access at the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
Wheelchair access at the Blue Mosque is definitely possible. You will first need to ascend a ramp (10 meters long, 4 star flatness) and then go over a marble door frame. A wheelchair user may need assistance going over this small door frame because it is difficult to get traction on. After this, you will be in the courtyard of the mosque. If there is a line of people waiting to enter the building, wheelchair users can go to the left of the line. No shoes are allowed in mosques in order to keep the hand-woven prayer carpet clean, so people walking will have to take off their shoes and wheelchair users will be required to transfer into one of their wheelchairs. There is a large step where this occurs and staff members can help you up it. The interior of the mosque is not very big and should take less than 20 minutes to view.
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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes, disabled access is provided by a wheelchair accessible ramp on the northwest side of the building near the hippodrome and obelisks.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? In decent weather, the door is kept open.
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? Northwest of the building on Atmeydani street.
What are the nearby tram stations? Sultanahmet is the closest station and is slightly uphill from the Blue Mosque.
What bus lines pass nearby? Most busses in Istanbul are not accessible.
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Flat with some cobblestones on the sidewalk (4 star smoothness)
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 100% after the staff gets you up one step where everyone must remove their shoes. Wheelchair users will have to transfer into the clean wheelchair provided by the Blue Mosque staff. It is very important that nothing dirty is brought onto the carpet because the Muslims kneel on it and prostrate themselves during their prayers.
Which parts are not accessible? None
Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes, and you have to use them instead of your own wheelchair.
Is there a wheelchair accessible bathroom?
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair?
Are there grab bars?
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet?
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? No guided tours
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No guided tours
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for all
Opening Hours: One hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 30 minutes
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