Süleymaniye Mosque Of Istanbul
Süleymaniye is more than a mosque, it’s a historical symbol of the Turkish history. The Süleymaniye Mosque unites the two foremost figures of Ottoman History: Sultan Süleyman and Architect Sinan. One representing the best of the local arts and the other utmost power of political strenght.
Ottoman mosques are usually not just a mosque but complex buildings. Mosques usually have public soup kitchen, asylum, school, turkish bath, tombs, fountain next to them.
Suleimaniye Mosque is one of the finest examples of this system in Turkey. It represents the peak of Ottoman art, power and prosperity.
Architect Sinan was a very important figure of Ottoman Empire in 16th century because he was the chief architect of the empire and assigned to most important constructions such as this mosque. He built not only for the Sultan himself, but his daughters, sons, high ranking officers, grand viziers and admirals. Sinan adorned Istanbul and some other cities of Turkey with his great buildings. Still today, he is considered as the best architect of Turkish history.
Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent
The Süleymaniye Mosque is built on one of the hills of historical peninsula and overlooking to grea view of Istanbul and Bosphorus. It was placed on the top of the dominating hill of old city and representing the, greatest ruler of Ottomans: Sultan Suleiman.
The Mosque is built in 7 years. The construction started in 1550 and lasted until 1557. The architectural features of the building amazes everyone. The massive dome is 47 meters from the ground and it look like hanged on the sky. This unique dome represents the holiness of God.
Make sure that you do not miss this important sightseeing place when you visit Istanbul. So many people visit Istanbul Blue Mosque which is more centrally located and do not worry about seeing another mosque but it definitely worth it.
If you visit the Süleymaniye Mosque, don’t forget to give a lunch break in lovely restaurants, located beside the mosque complex. The restaurants are famous for serving Kuru Fasulye (Stewed Beans) this meal is served with rice and pickles. Delicious example of Turkish cuisine. At least 5 out of 10 people would count Kuru Fasulye (Stewed Bean) & Pilav (Rice) as his favorite meal, alongside with the Iskender Kebap.
By Serhat Engul