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Suleymaniye Cami , Istanbul

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • Away from the hustle and bustle of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque is an oasis of peace with astonishing views of the azure Bosphorus. The gardens are exquisitely kempt and th...  more »
  • A bit off the beaten path, so it's a little less overrun by tourists, the mosque is truly one of Istanbul's gems. Lots of restaurants and cafes are nearby for a break from sightseeing.  more »
  • It will be fantastic to visit mosque in good weather in the evening. you can take wonderful pictures. mosque is very nice inside.  more »
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  • Currently the biggest mosque in Istanbul until Erdogan's project on the Asia side gets completed. It's massively impressive both outside and inside whether it's the courtyard or inside the mosque itself. I just visited during Ramadan and there was helpers who offered free information about the mosque and Islam if you want. Even if you visited the Blue Mosque I highly recommend coming here. You can take in the Grand Bazaar on the way.
  • it feels more like a mosque should (if that makes sense ) quiet cool and awe inspiring. bigger than the blue mosque and we'll worth a visit over the Haga Sofia. volunteers inside willing to talk about the mosque and Islam in general don't miss visiting.
  • Bigger than the Blue Mosque, this mosque conserves its communitarian spirit. You can talk and ask information to local very friendly volunteers. Very interesting.
  • One of the most fascinating structure I have ever seen. Inside of the building is huge and it is lovely to see Muslims praying. P.S. Take off your shoes before you enter.
  • Probably the most beautiful mosque în Istanbul. The final resting place for Suleyman The Magnificent

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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