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Etiquette for visiting Istanbul's mosques

When you’re staying in a city that has more than 2,000 religious sites, knowing proper etiquette is advisable. According to Gazi Erdem, attaché for religious affairs at the Turkish Consulate in New York City, travelers should dress modestly, in long pants or skirts and long-sleeved shirts, and women should wear head scarves (frequently visited mosques like Süleymaniye Camii and Fatih Mosque lend them). Once inside, use common sense: Speak softly, stay within designated tourist areas, and don’t take flash photos during prayer time.

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