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Süleymaniye Mosque

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Süleymaniye Mosque features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Istanbul City Guide5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Second largest mosque in Istanbul
  • Masterpiece of star architect Sinan

Time required: 60 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 9am - 7pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop

Address: Süleymaniye Mh., Profesör Sıddık Sami Onar Caddesi 1, Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • Süleymaniye Mosque is an imposing Ottoman imperial mosque. It is the second largest mosque in Istanbul
  • The mosque is an epic symbol of the late Ottoman Empire's military might and imperial power
  • It was built in 1550-57 for Sultan Süleyman I the Magnificent by Ottoman star architect, Mimar Sinan
  • The building complex also includes a hamam (Turkish bath), medrese (Islamic school), a hospital and a caravanserai (inn for travelers and traders)
  • The interior is simple, yet breathtaking. The huge central dome is 53 m (174 ft) high. 200 stained-glass windows decorate the mosque
  • In 'addicts' alley' cafés used to serve opium and hashish along with tea and coffee
  • Süleyman I and his wife Roxelana are entombed in the courtyard

What to do there:

  • Remove your shoes before entering. Put them in a plastic bag (available at the entrance) and carry the bag with you
  • Enjoy the magnificent interior
  • After leaving the mosque visit Süleyman I's tomb and rose gardens and explore the grounds

Tips & Insights:

  • Modest dress is required both for women and men
  • It is considered polite for a woman to cover her head when entering a mosque. We recommend bringing your own scarf

 

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