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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 your Suleymaniye Cami visit and explore what else you can see and do in Istanbul using our Istanbul day trip planning site.
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  • Sulaymaniye Mosque was built at the behest ot Sulaiman the Great. The mosque complex also has amongst others his tomb. Located on top of a hill facing the Halic, it is an imposing edifice and can be....  more
    Sulaymaniye Mosque was built at the behest ot Sulaiman the Great. The mosque complex also has amongst others his tomb. Located on top of a hill facing the Halic, it is an imposing edifice and can be....  more »
  • A great historical Mosque. This Mosque was built by the famous and talented Sinan. The structure was completed in only a few years...amazing. 
    A great historical Mosque. This Mosque was built by the famous and talented Sinan. The structure was completed in only a few years...amazing.  more »
  • Amazing architecture and views. Worth the uphill walk it took to get there. Lovely outdoor space too. 
    Amazing architecture and views. Worth the uphill walk it took to get there. Lovely outdoor space too.  more »
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  • Well… Muslim or non Muslim it’s free to visit and experience a piece of Islamic religious culture and more. If you are a woman and wondering about entree rules, you must have a head scarf, which the front desk has free ones, sterile, for your use. The same goes for covering legs, they will supply this garment as well... Personal feelings aside this place is pretty captivating and full of mystique. The interior is beautifully decorated and rather peaceful. Views along the outside perimeter are excellent!
  • Beautiful mosque. Its up on the hill with very interesting and enjoyable walk towards there. You can see one big part of the city and also can contemplate the beauty and serenity of the bosforus. Very peaceful place and amazing architecture. Totally recommended. From 12pm to 14:30 pm the mosque is closed to entered in as they have prayer time
  • The most beautiful mosque in Istanbul! The views here can’t be matched. Inside the stained glass windows are so beautiful and so different from the older mosques. The grounds are so serene and peaceful even with tourists everywhere. Definitely stop by and visit.
  • What can I say! This is one of the most famous places in Istanbul. From the point of view of history, it is probably more interesting to visit the tombs of the Sultan and his wife, because there is nothing remarkable in the mosque itself (after visiting Hagia Sophia). But the view from the hill to the districts of Istanbul is stunning.
  • An absolute masterpiece and a place of absolute tranquility. No crowds...magnificent architecture the likes of which simply will never be matched in modern or future times. And you can feel the peace and piety of the people who worshipped here. Blessed with celestial light and peace. An absolute MUST visit for people of any background/faith.

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