Suleymaniye Mosque

The second largest mosque in Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the masterpieces of famous architect Mimar Sinan, second only to his biggest work, Selimiye mosque located in Edirne. The construction of the building was started in 1550 and completed in 1558 by the order of Suleyman the Magnificent. It is located in Beyazit, next to the garden of Istanbul University.

Like other works of Mimar Sinan, it looks plain. The main dome of Suleymaniye Mosque is 53 meter high and 26.5 diameter. Iznik tiles were used in interior design. Lighting of the mosque was accomplished by 128 windows and oil lamps. There is a room where lamp black is collected and reserved. It has four minarets which are said to symbolize the fact that Suleyman was the fourth of the Ottoman sultans after the conquest of Istanbul. And these minarets have 10 galleries (serifes), which reflect that Suleyman was the 10th Ottoman sultan.

In the court there are mausoleums of Sultan Suleyman and his wife Hurrem Sultan. You can visit the mausoleums between the hours of 9.30am-5.30pm.

Adjoining the mosque there are schools of theology, schools of Medicine, and a caravanserai and Turkish bath which is still working.

For transportation, you can take the tram get off at Beyazit stop. The mosque is only minutes away on foot from Beyazit stop.

With its four minarets, this beautiful mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul!

Suleymaniye Mosque on Istanbul Map