Discover Istanbul, home of Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque of Istanbul built by the order of Sultan Suleyman in the 16th century. The finest of the great architect Mimar Sinan's gifts to the city is Suleymaniye Mosque, where Sinan brought the central dome to perfection.
Suleymaniye Mosque, also known as the mosque of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, is the most renowned imperial mosque in Istanbul.
The mosque was built in between 1550-1557 during 7 years by the legendary architect, Mimar Sinan. It is the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, who was the chief architect of the Ottoman Empire.
The truly staggering size of the Suleymaniye Mosque is one of its most distinctive features. It is full of surprising details reflecting the genius of architect Mimar Sinan, hosts the elegantly decorated interior and the central dome stands 53 m high.
Today, Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most popular religious sights, located in the historical old peninsula in Istanbul.
Suleymaniye Mosque's dome is 53 m in height and 26.5 m in diameter and was placed on 4 great pillars, as was the case for other big Ottoman mosques.
All the details of Suleymaniye Mosque were thought out in the thoroughness and detail of an artistic production. Its ebony doors, specially handcrafted glasses that filter the light of the changing seasons, and Ottoman ceramic masterpieces still adorn the building.
Suleymaniye Mosque is a complex of buildings with the mosque in the center, as is typically the case in other Ottoman complex. The complex, the largest in Istanbul, consists of four madrasas, a medical madrasa, a hospital, a primary school, a caravanserai, shops, a hammam, a tomb, and other buildings.
The mosque is open daily between 09:00-18:00, but closed during prayer times. Don't forget to visit the tomb of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and his favorite wife Hurrem Sultan which is located next to the mosque.
Interior of the Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul
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