Suleymaniye Mosque Is The Largest Mosque In Turkey
History Of The Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque which is the biggest mosque in Istanbul was built between 1551-1558 by the Architect Sinan at the Süleymaniye district of Istanbul Eminonu District at the request of Suleiman the Magnificent.
It, which Mimar Sinan calls my journeyman work, is considered one of the most magnificent works of the classical architectural style of the Ottoman Empire. The use of construction techniques, which can be considered quite advanced compared to the period, during the construction of the magnificent structure located on a hill overlooking the Istanbul Peninsula. It’s one of the best examples of Ottoman Islamic architecture in Istanbul.
Features of Suleymaniye Mosque
Around the Suleymaniye Mosque, there is a library, Turkish bath, madrasah, imaret, shops, and a treasury. Together with the Suleymaniye Mosque, each is part of the Suleymaniye Complex.
It is one of the most important works and examples of Ottoman Period Architecture. Although there has been an earthquake in Istanbul for centuries, there is no single crack on the Süleymaniye Mosque. The dome is 53m. in height and 27.5m in diameter. This big dome was reinforced with a half-dome just like in Hagia Sophia.
The main features that enable every traveler to come to the city to add to the list of places to visit in Istanbul are completely the product of Mimar Sinan’s unique intelligence. Even today, the master architect provided the acoustics that maintained its near-perfect line, through 65 cubes lined up around the dome.
The mosque, which gained the admiration of its visitors’ admiration to its details inside, has the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hürrem Sultan (also known as Roxelana), who signed the most magnificent period of the Ottoman Empire.
The Tomb Of Suleiman The Magnificent
The first building worth seeing in the garden of the Süleymaniye Mosque, Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Tomb, after the death of the mighty sultan, was built by his son Selim II.
While the exterior of the octagonal mausoleum decorated using mirror and marble, the interior is magnificent with 16th-century tiles, pen works, woodwork.
Hurrem Sultan’s Tomb
Another of the structures that attract the most visitors in the mosque is the tomb of Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). The building was built by Sinan in 1558 after the death of his only wife.
The historical building is located in the Eminönü District of Fatih District. You can easily go to the religious building, which is within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, by bus, tram, metro, and ferry.
After visiting Eminönü to go to the Suleymaniye, which is the first building to come across to the Galata Tower and start the Historical Peninsula tour by your own vehicle. It’s enough to turn to the slope in front of Istanbul Ticaret University. After the slope starts to go, all you have to do is follow the signs on the road.
Bad History of the Suleymaniye Mosque
The history of the Süleymaniye Mosque hasn’t always been easy. It was ravaged by fire in 1660, and when it restored by an architect. So it was damaged its original design. During World War I, the courtyard used as a weapons depot. In another fire, some of the munitions ignited. It didn’t fully restore until 1956.
Suleymaniye Mosque Visiting Hours
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:30
Suleymaniye Mosque Location
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Tips to Istanbul Tour
If you are planning to come to Istanbul, take a look at our other posts in the Istanbul category before you come. After that, you can book an Istanbul tour to get more information on the Suleymaniye Mosque and visit it with a professional tour guide.
Notice: Today Suleymaniye mosque is popular sights in Istanbul. Normally tourists enter the mosque from the inner courtyard and after taking the shoes off. You can use cameras and flashes in the mosque.