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Top 10 Ottoman Sights in Turkey

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Turkey's Best 10 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.

Ottoman Mosques

Blue Mosque: Blue Mosque, constructed between 1609 and 1616. 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: 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. It is also notable for its clever ventilation system.

Selimiye Mosque: Selimiye Mosque, Built between 1569 and 1575 by the great architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Selim II, Sinan described it 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, it has a single dome 21 metres in diameter over the prayer hall, and nearly a hundred smaller domes over the buildings of the complex.

Ottoman Palaces

Dolmabahce Palace: One of the last great buildings of the Ottoman era, the extravagant Dolmabahce Palace. It was designed by the most famous architects of the time, Karabet Balyan and his son Nikogos.

Topkapi Palace: Built between 1472 and 1478, it 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. It was constructed by an Ottoman governor on an important trading route and is amixture of Ottoman, Persian and Seljuk styles.

Ottoman Caravansaries & Tombs

Rustem Pasha Caravanserai: This grand traveler's inn 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, it has been central to 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.

Top 10 Ottoman Sights in Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul