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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 #3 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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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Massa, Italy
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

That's one of the most fascinating mosques I have ever visited. I visited also the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia...but trust me Suleymaniye Camii is better without any doubt. Located next to the university area it consists not only of the mosque itself but also of a garden in the back and tombs (turbe) on the right. It is worth... More

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Usa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Suleymaniye Mosque is supposed to be the most beautiful and it was great... but we preferred the blue mosque over this one.

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Rawalpindi, Pakistan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mosque and entrance is free - immediately after the prayers (happen 5 times a day), there is a very nice recitation of verses from the Quran - if you are interested in the lyrical/musical qualities of Arabic, you will enjoy this too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

After seeing the attractions in the old city, we visited the Suleymanie Mosque and the gracious grounds and tombs surrounding it. Enter from the front gate for an impressive view of one of Sinan Mimar's masterful monuments. (Mimar's modest tomb is just outside the walls surrounding the mosque.) In contrast to many other buildings, this mosque is elegantly simple with... More

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We end up at Suleymaniye almost every time we're in Istanbul. It's a beautiful place with a commanding view of the city. We usually take a cab there (cabs are pretty affordable, especially if you're in that part of the city), which puts us at the top of the hill and then slowly make our way back down.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

unless you staying long in Istanbul you can safely remove this from your list. and those who say this is better than blue mosque i completely disagree

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Another Mimar Sinan masterpiece... Not easy to find, but worth it to take the effort. Plus, you can walk to the Vefa Boza shop after or have some kuru fasulye (famous Turkish bean dish) near the Mosque.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

So much less crowded than Blue Mosque. Much better internal architecture (unless you are besotted with Iznik tiles) than Blue Mosque. Designed by a master! The surrounding complex is also first class. If you only have the time to visit one mosque - this is the one.

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Salvador, BA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Amazing place to visit. The achitecture and beauty of the place is breathtaking. Just don't go on Friday because it's crowded due to the prayers day.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The wait in the line is totally worth it.... One of the most amazing buildings we've visited ever! The outside views at night are also a must see!

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