Built in 1550 in honour of Suleiman the Magnificent, the fourth Ottoman sultan in Istanbul and the tenth of the Ottoman dynasty, the Süleymaniye Mosque impresses as much by its extraordinary proportions as by the harmony of its architecture.
Totally renovated, it now radiates all its glory. The vast prayer hall, topped with a 53 metre high dome on four pillars, is a marvel of transparency. The light from the 138 windows makes the sumptuous stained glass and Iznik ceramics sparkle. Admire the carved wooden doors: inlaid with mother of pearl and ivory, these are works of rare craftsmanship of precision. The structure was built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who sought to surpass the prowess of the Greek architects who designed Hagia Sophia by giving Suleymaniye an architectural gem worthy of his reign.
This is one of the most popular mosques in the city and attracts as many faithful as the Blue Mosque. So, avoid peak hours.