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Suleymaniye Cami , Istanbul

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Witness the work of famed Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan at , a majestic religious structure that dominates the Golden Horn and shares similarities with Hagia Sophia. This mosque was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1550 and completed seven years later. Though it may be less ornate than other elaborate religious structures in the city, the mosque's Byzantine influence has gained it recognition for its blend of architectural styles. Having experienced damage from natural disasters and wars over the centuries, the building is fully restored and now one of the most popular attractions in Istanbul. Plan to visit Suleymaniye Cami during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul vacation builder.
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  • This mosque is situated a 10 minute walk from the Blue Mosque etc, but well worth the trip. There is no parking for tourist buses and it is too far for the cruise ship passengers. It is one of the gre...  more »
  • The largest mosque in Istanbul. At first glance you don't look that you but if you a closer look at the complex and then evening makes the view from The Galata Tower, you can see how great this building is. Who looks at the University should get the few meters on the way here and be at least a look.
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  • Sulaeymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque is the second largest and one of the best known sights of Istanbul. This is built in the year 1557 by Sultan Suleyman (The Magnificant) has burnt and ...  more »
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  • Very nice mosque. Comparing with the famous Blue mosque, it is so much quieter and less crowded. The water view behind the mosque is stunning as well. I would recommend to come around sunset time to enjoy the beautiful architecture and amazing sunset view here.
  • Within walking distance from grand bazaar, this mosque is a must visit. Outside is a small, peaceful park to enjoy, while inside is the huge mosque. I got to talk quite a bit with a very informative volunteer there. He explains a lot about the mosque and Islam culture in general. You can bring home some free books about Islam as well!
  • It is a marvelous Ottoman mosque I have ever seen. It is open to public since 1558. The great architect Sinan (Mimar Sinan) has demonstrated his profession and talent in this beautiful structure. The place is also a good spot to take pictures of Istanbul, Halic & Galata Tower.
  • The most glorious mosque in istanbul with fantastic views overlooking the golding horn and galata. Do visit just before sunset to enjoy the views. The mosque interior is beautiful and beats that of the blue mosque.
  • An amazingly beautiful mosque. We visited twice, both times had really nice people working there, took some free literature on Islam, and even had a volunteer to talk to for about 15 minutes about the mosque, islam and everything connected. The small park surrounding the mosque is also very peaceful and a joy to be in.