If you want to make an unforgettable experience during your Istanbul trip, you shouldn’t miss to chance visit fascinating Suleymaniye Mosque. It is not that popular as expected, but I think the Mosque is one of the most impressing place to see. Lots of people think that is the largest mosque in Istanbul but it is not right, actually, it is described as the grandest and most beautiful one.
Complex is located in Süleymaniye (recently calls Eminönü), on the Third Hill of Istanbul. This spectacular Ottoman imperial mosque ordered by the Süleyman the Magnificent who was the 10th and longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It was built by famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1558. The Mosque contains a library, a soup kitchen, an amazing courtyard, the tombs of Mimar Sinan, Süleyman and his wife Roxelana who was born as Hürrem Haseki in the Ukraine. After Süleyman’s death, she surprisingly became more powerful than him.
It is the largest mosque in Istanbul, and the crowning achievement of Mimar Sinan, whose tomb is in a lovely garden next door. Set atop a hill in the middle of the old town, the mosque and its four minarets are visible from all over the city. Apart from the praying hall (camii) and courtyard (avlu), the complex also included four Koran schools (medrese), bath houses (hamam) which is open to the public, a hospital, a caravanserai and a public kitchen. You can give a little breaks at Kervansaray during your visit.
Tourists line up of the Süleymaniye Mosque is less than the Blue Mosque. Both are worth-seeing, but the Süleymaniye Mosque offers the more enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this place for Ottoman history and architecture wonderers .
Open: daily from 09.00 am – 05.30 pm
During prayer time visitors are often not allowed in for a short while.
The entrance is free, donations are accepted.