"Suleymaniye Camii" Suleymaniye Mosque Tip by Hopkid

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul: 75 reviews and 178 photos


Most prominent in its position a top of the city's seven hills and easily visible from the Golden Horn as the highest point of the city skyline, Suleymaniye Camii is also considered, arguably, to be Mimar Sinan's greatest achievement. Named for its benefactor, Suleyman the Magnificent, it was completed in 1557. It was the fourth imperial mosque constructed following the Muslim Conquest in 1453. It is one of the most-visited mosques in the city and for good reason as many consider it to be grandest of the many mosques built over the past 500 plus years. Sinan is buried in a tomb just outside the mosque complex (it was part of the complex in the 16th century).

Unfortunately I cannot provide a first-hand description of the courtyard or the mosque interior as, sadly, it had been closed for a 2-year renovation just the week before our arrival. That's the second Sinan mosque we couldn't see on this trip because of renovations! Just means we'll have to come back some day....

The mosque is scheduled to reopen in 2010 so plan your trip accordingly if it is on your must-see list.

Address: Prof Siddik Sk and Sami Onar Caddesi, Suleymaniye
Directions: Just north of Istanbul University across Sami Onar Caddesi
Phone: 212.514.01.39
Website: http://www.istanbul.gov.tr/Default.aspx?pid=312

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 29, 2008
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