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Suleymaniye Cami , Istanbul

#5 of 971 in Historic Sites in Turkey
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • It's one of the famous mosques in turkey. It beautiful from the inside and out. One of the best things is that it has an amazing view of Istanbul. It is surrounded with many restaurants and cafes...  more »
  • I don't know much about the muslim religion, but I can say it was a special experience to visit this mosque and witness the architecture! This building is so pristine and beautiful, it's hard to...  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.👌👍😃

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