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Mihrimah Sultan Camii, Istanbul

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#24 of 141 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Architectural Building Religious Site
One of Istanbul's prominent landmarks, Mihrimah Sultan Camii stands on the peak of one of the city's seven hills. Designed by Mimar Sinan, one of the most celebrated architects of the 16th century, this imposing yet elegant structure ranks among the finest achievements of Ottoman architecture. Built for Suleyman the Magnificent's favorite daughter, the mosque complex once included a school, Turkish baths, tombs, and several shops. Step inside to admire the mosque's huge dome supported by four arches, and pay close attention to the building's three rows of windows, providing abundant light and infusing the interior with a bright atmosphere. Use our Istanbul tour planner to visit Mihrimah Sultan Camii on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Although it is a little bit out of the way, it is definitely worth visiting. Among so many beautiful mosques in Istanbul, this one is unique in the sense that it was commissioned by a lady. Sinan has ...  more »
  • Mihrimah sultan Mosque, located in Edirnekapı , was built by famous artchitect Mimar Sinan During the period of the Kanuni Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in between the years of 1562-1565.. Mihrimah ...  more »
  • Not many tourists visit this, but it's a nice place to stop by when exploring Fatih. Wall decorations are exquisite and the interior is quiet and welcoming.  more »
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  • Amazingly beautiful mosque that is in a interesting location. The area seems a bit rough but it's safe. I think this mosque was built, this area was the outskirts of Istanbul. Hence the big historical border wall next to the mosque.
  • A Token of Love by Mimar Sinan, the design itself is very womanly
  • Best historical place in turkey
  • Beautiful mosque. I visited in last 10 days of Ramadan. Unlike other mosques, they do the khatm (ختم) in taraweeh and also tahajud. They also had 2-3 imams with beautiful recitation.
  • This mosq is just amazing!

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