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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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  • Sulemaniye Mosque is an impressive, beautiful mosque in the heart of Istanbul. It is interesting that it is right near a major thoroughfare and people pass through the grounds going to and from daily.  more »
  • it's okay, i prefer Sophia was more interesting for me, but for sure recommend anyone to visit this mosque  more »
  • The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by the imperial architect...  more »
  • Great place with soul and wonderful view! Enter is free! You can't enter in mosque when the time of prayer is, so check the schedule. When I was there it was 13-14h, but they are praying 5 times per day. You can't come to mosque on that time but that's just one part of monument, you can see all the monument by the time when pray finish. It's on the top of the one part of city, so go by walk and enjoy in tiny colourful streets.
  • A stunning Ottoman era masterpiece. Totally amazed with the architecture and design and just impressed with how it was constructed without any technology. Interior acoustics is so well designed that one can see why loud speakers were not needed in those days. The Turkish people must really be applauded for the manner in which the entire masjid and grounds are maintained.👌👍😃
  • Getting to the mosque is a gruelling uphill climb; thus the many taxis! But once there, you're rewarded with fascinating history, beautiful buildings and a stunning view over the city, the Golden Horn and the Bosporus. The mosque complex occupies a large site and it's surrounded by gardens and terraces. The interior of the mosque is beautiful, which, incidentally, is true of all Istanbul's mosques. A lovely place to visit.
  • On map and tourism catalogs, it's like one of the several famous historical mosques in Istanbul but in visiting it's very different. A great place on top of a hill with a nice view to see. The mosque is kind of cozy and has a strong spiritual sense.
  • Its gorgeous! It's one of very few mosques in the city whose ceiling is not covered by scaffolding. The grounds offer beautiful views of the city and the mosque itself offers many informative guides eager to discuss both Islam and the mosque.

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