"Suleymaniye" Suleymaniye Mosque Tip by WulfstanTraveller

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul: 75 reviews and 178 photos

Some consider this the finest mosque in Istanbul and it is at least one of Sinan's masterpieces, arguably being his second greatest work after his ultimate masterpiece, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne.

It is a striking building and is easily visible from many points, especially across the Golden Horn in Galata/Beyoglu.

One of the greatest things about this mosque is that a great deal of the mosque's outlying complex survivies, too: the buildings that once housed religious/law schools, soup kitchens for the poor, dervish quarters, merchants' and metal-smiths' shops, vaults, hospital, and the like. A library contains numerous old manuscripts. It is also the location of the Tomb (turbe) of the famous Sultan Suleyman "the Magnificent" and his rahter infamous wife Roxelana. Notably, in what was an apparent breach of Islamic custom, the tomb was built on the line between the mosque's mihrab and Mecca.

Address: Mimar Sinan Cad, Suleymaniye,
Directions: Suleymaniye, NW of the Grand Bazaar and SW of Eminonu, the Egyptian Bazaar, etc. From the Beyazit tramvai stop, Cadircilar Cad. goes north to become Fuat Pasa Cad.,which pretty much goes to the SE corner of Suleymaniye's complex.
Phone: 905067693392
Website: http://www.istanbul.gov.tr/Default.aspx?pid=312

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 22, 2004
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