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Beauties of Istanbul Series The Suleymaniye Mosque

Posted by istare on April 1, 2020
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We are starting beauties of Istanbul series with the finest of all the Ottoman mosque , built by the renowned architect Mimar Sinan for Suleyman the Magnificent , and is notably one of his greatest achievements.

suleymaniye mosque

Construction began in 1550 and took seven years to build.

It was almost destroyed by a fire in Istanbul 1660 and restored by architect Fossati, who altered the design into a baroque style thus damaging the original great work made by Mimar Sinan. Restored again to its original glory in the 19th century and after another fire, caused by the ignition of ammunition stored there during World War 1, not until 1956 was it restored again and this is what you see today, one of Istanbul’s most visited sites.

suleymaniye mosque interior

Dimensions
The mosque is 59m long x 58m wide and the main dome is 53m high with a diameter of over 27m.
Accessing the Complex
The grounds of the mosque are reached via “the market of the addicts” (Tiryaki Bazaar or Tiryaki Carsisi) so called because of the coffee houses there served hashish to either smoke there or take away and whose rents paid for the upkeep of the foundations.
Attractions in Suleymaniye Complex

Suleymaniye Library
Behind here is the Suleymaniye Library housing books from the reigns of six different sultans (access to the public of these is on microfilm only) and also has a book restoration department.

suleymaniye library
Tomb of Mimar Sinan
Nearby is the Tomb of Mimar Sinan which was built on where the architect’s house was sited during the construction of the mosque.

Other Attractions
Along with the prayer hall (mosque) and courtyard (avlu) the complex includes a kervansaray (hotel), a public kitchen (imaret) which served food to the poor and is now a restaurant, a hospital, a Koran school (medrese) and a bath-house (hamam), also built by Sinan and where he bathed from 1557 to 1588. In the adjacent cemetery gardens behind the mosque are the beautiful and elaborate tombs of Suleyman and his Sultana Roxalana.
Location
The Suleymaniye Mosque is located in between Beyazit and Eminonu .It is also walking distance to Grand bazaar , Sultanahmet mosque,Topkapi palace and Basilica Cistern

How to go there ?

Via bus :Take Beyazit or Vezneciler bus and from last stop 500 mt walking distance through Istanbul University

Via tram:Beyazit station walk through Istanbul University

Via metro :Vezneciler station 200 mt from Suleymaniye

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Beauties of Istanbul Series The Suleymaniye Mosque
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We are starting beauties of Istanbul series with the finest of all the Ottoman mosque , built by the renowned architect Mimar Sinan for Suleyman the Magnificent , and is notably one of his greatest achievements.
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