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Suleymaniye Mosque

Mimar Sinan Cd, Suleymaniye Mh, Istanbul, Turkey
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #2 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The Suleymaniye Mosque does not match the Hagia Sofia or Blue Mosque as a historical landmarks go, and is a bit off the beaten path. But it is an architectural marvel, providing stunning views of the city that are not provided by its rivals. Its location makes it less of a tourist destination, providing a more serene experience as one... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The fact that it was not as crowded - perhaps we were lucky - as the more traditional convenient sites meant that one could soak up the atmosphere, and appreciate the superb proportions and elegant simplicity of this gorgeous building and its surroundings. A sense of tranquility abounds.

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Abu Dhabi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The grandeur of the mosque, both outside and inside is truly impressive. As with all attractions in the Old City - arrive early before the crowds!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This absolutely lovely mosque sits on top of a hill overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosporus. Subtler and less crowded than the Blue Mosque, the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent has a deeply spiritual feel and excellent architecture and decorative features. It is but a short walk from the Grand Bizarre to the Spice Market through the back streets... More

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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312 reviews 312 reviews
109 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

after walking away from our boat cruise, another story! we had lunch near here and then walked up the steep, very busy streets to visit this mosque. it is perched on a hilltop opposite the Istanbul university. fodor's describes it as " perhaps the most magnificent mosque in Istanbul". the dome is the highest of any ottoman mosque and a... More

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london
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Unlike the Blue Mosque (very crowded) this gave visitors a much calmer experience. They were also leaflets with printed information which included great info about the various features inside the building & significance to the faith. We could therefore appreciate it better. The courtyard is lovely and from the terrace you can see over the golden horn water - but... More

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Marseille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Its soo beautiful inside here.you are living the history when you walk alonge here.they explain you whats happened here and the stories were soo exciting.

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Tustin, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The mosque is a beautiful site. We were able to go inside and learn more about the history and traditions. The architecture was amazing.

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Naperville, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

liked the history behind the mosque especially the tomb of the sultan which is located just next to the mosque!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

this place is breathtaking so much so I need say no more. But since I have to write 50 characters or more let me say it's a steep walk up hill and pass through the spice bazaar for even more of an adventure. The volunteers there are quite informative even it you are not religious. It's a must see and... More

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