10 Unmissable Ottoman Sights

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Turkey's 10 Best Ottoman Sights

It is quite hard to choose between all of Ottoman sights in Turkey. This list of top 10 unmissable Ottoman sights is just a quick glimpse of Turkey, only to give you the idea of the richness of the Ottoman architecture, diversity culture, and daily life.

Blue Mosque

Constructed between 1609 and 1616, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is also known as Blue Mosque. The mosque takes its name from the exquisite blue Iznik tiles which decorate its interior and is also the only mosque to have 6 minarets.

Suleymaniye Mosque

Constructed in 1557, this grand mosque, which Sinan referred to as his journeyman's piece, came to symbolize the greatness of Suleyman the magnificent. Suleymaniye Mosque is also notable for its clever ventilation system designed to draw off the smoke from burning candles.

Selimiye Mosque

Built between 1569 and 1575 by the great architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Selim II, Sinan described the Selimiye Mosque and in particular the dome, which is 31.5 metres in diameter, as his masterpiece.

Sultan Bayezid II Mosque

Work began on this mosque in 1484. Designed by the architect Hayrettin, Sultan Bayezid II Mosque has a single dome 21 metres in diameter over the prayer hall, and nearly a hundred smaller domes over the buildings of the complex.

Dolmabahce Palace

One of the last great buildings of the Ottoman era, the extravagant Dolmabahce Palace, which replaced Topkapi as the home of the sultans, was completed in 1856 on the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid. It was designed by the most famous architects of the time, Karabet Balyan and his son Nikogos.

Topkapi Palace

Built between 1472 and 1478, Topkapi Palace was the home of the sultans and the centre of Ottoman power for 400 years, during which time it was a work in progress as successive sultans added new buildings and made alterations.

Ishak Pasha Palace

Part of the unique character of this palace is its remote setting. Ishak Pasha Palace was constructed by an Ottoman governor on an important trading route and is amixture of Ottoman, Persian and Seljuk styles. It was built between 1685 and 1784.

Rustem Pasha Caravanserai

This grand traveler's inn, Rustem Pasha Caravanserai was built by Mimar Sinan for Suleyman the Magnificent's celebrated Grand Vezir Rustem Pasha and still serves as a hotel today.

Koza Han

Built in 1491 by Beyazit II as part of the market and covered bazaar area, Koza Han has been centre of Bursa's famous silk trade since that time, trading in silk cocoons as well as the finished product.

Green Mosque and Tomb

Commissioned by Mehmet I in 1412, the Green Mosque is Bursa's most significant monument and was the first Ottoman mosque where tiles were used extensively as interior decoration, setting an important precedent. The Green Tomb is the tomb of Mehmet I.

Turkey's 10 Best Ottoman Sights
Koza Han Covered Bazaar, Bursa