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“Lovely gardens and views of the Bosporus”
Review of Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque
Ranked #1 of 1 167 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Famed architect Sinan built this majestic structure for one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Although this mosque is less ornate, there are many similarities between it and the Hagia Sophia since the same architect was responsible for both.
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We caught the tram to the Grand Bazaar stop and then just go straight down the street to the left of the Grand Bazaar.
The Mosque is a 10-15 minutes walk from the Grand Bazaar and passes plenty of shops before turning left up the hill to the Mosque.
Just before the Mosque is a lovely cemetery with irises growing amongst the headstones. After going through the cemetery there is a delightful terrace which offers magnificent views of the Bosporus and the rest of Istanbul.
The domes and 4 minarets of the Mosque also make a good picture from the terrace and we then walked into the outer courtyard of the Mosque which was very peaceful after the huge crowds around the Blue Mosque. The inside of the Mosque was closed to visitors as it was prayer time when we were there but it was still well worth visiting for the views of the Bosporus.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank John A
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped here after the evening prayer, walking from the grand bazaar. We found the back entrance and entered the courtyard, seeing a beautiful view of the bosphorus from a terrace loop. We could have easily missed it if we had gone in from the usual entrance. The courtyard is lovely and green, with flowers in bloom.

Inside, the mosque is spectacular. It is grand, with an atmosphere of tranquility. The ceiling has an intricate design and the dazzling hanging chandeliers further added to its grandeur. We sat for awhile in the mosque to rest, enjoying the peace after the hectic grand bazaar.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank radsgf
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

I love visiting Istanbul's mosques and greatly enjoy the architecture, especially of Mimar Sinan. However, the one that stands out the most to me is the Suleymaniye. It is grand yet serene, colorfully decorated but not overboard, and is busy but peaceful. I had the privilege of visiting this cami for Friday prayer as well as the Eid sermon during my most recent visits to Istanbul, and both were surreal experiences.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Maryam E
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Magnificent Mosque
I have visited this Magnificent Mosque on many Occasions it really takes ones breath away ,It is an icon structure It was built for Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent .it takes you back in time of the Ottomans.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank toneme007
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The mosque and the view from the courtyard is amazing. A special thanks goes to the sweet and helpful mosque volunteers who give their time to tell visitors about the mosque and answer questions. It really made for a perfect visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Maenhe E
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