Mihrimah Sultan Camii
Mihrimah Sultan Camii
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Noted for its interesting construction and exceptionally high dome, this mosque was built in 1557 for the daughter of a Sultan.
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Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
How to get there
  • Topkapı Ulubatlı • 10 min walk

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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapı was commissioned by Princess Mihrimah, the only daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It was designed by Mimar Sinan and built between 1563 and 1570. The mosque appears as a cube topped by a half-sphere, with multi-windowed tympana on each of the four sides. It has a single minaret. A large courtyard (avlu) surrounds the mosque with a large ablution fountain (sadirvan) in the center. The porch has seven domed bays with marble and granite columns. The mosque interior is lofty and spacious, capped by a dome (20m diameter and 37m high). Triple arcades with granite columns open onto side aisles with galleries above. The interior is flooded with light from the windows, some with stained glass. The carved white marble mimbar (pulpet) is original. Mihrimah Sultan Camii is part of a complex (külliye) with a madrasah (Islamic school), a double hamman (baths), türbe (tombs) and a low row of shops under the terrace on which the mosque was built. Although Mihrimah Sultana was buried in the Süleymaniye Mosque, a ruined türbe behind the mosque contains the graves of her son-in-law, Grand Vizier Semiz Ali Pasha, daughter Ayşe Hümaşah Sultan, grandsons Mehmed Bey, Şehid Mustafa Pasha and Osman Bey as well as many other members of her family. Mihrimah Sultan mosque is open to tourists (respectful dress, shoes off, ladies heads covered, no flash photography); it closes to non-worshipers for about an hour during the five daily prayers. It is open from 9am to 6pm every day, with no entry charge (donations gratefully accepted). It is beautifully lit at night.
Written June 14, 2019
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Ambassador105561
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Please remember there is a mihiram sultan mosque in uskudar the Asian istanbul just in front of uskudar pier usually visitors mix between the the mihrimah in fatih district, this mosque is as most ottoman buildings built by sinan areal master piece inside small but in all means worth to visit.

Mahmoud Yamani
Jordan
Written August 8, 2015
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kuletgin
Kusadasi, Türkiye363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Mihrimah, means sun & moon in Persian language, was the name of famous Ottoman Sultan's daughter , Suleiman the magnificent, in 16th century AD mosque located in Anatolian side of Istanbul. As a matter of fact great architect Sinan built two Mihrimah mosques in Istanbul, the first one is Anatolian and the second one in European side and both of them are beautiful. The one in Uskudar on the sea front is a masterpiece of Ottoman mosque architecture with splendid location as well as gravestones at the backyard. The Ottoman Sultan's daughter was so beautiful that everybody wanted to get married her but Grand vizier Rustem Pasha was able to marry her. She was also the richest woman in the empire so she ordered architect Sinan to build a mosque for her. He chose two different locations and he made two beautiful mosques for her. The one in Uskudar is really worth visiting with its shrines, sarcophagus, fountains and graveyard with tombstones at the back is a big complex called " Kulliye " as Ottoman heritage.
Written April 3, 2015
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OceanPalmer
Denver, Colorado59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful and easily accessible between the nuttiness of the Grand Bazaar and the sprawling tourist-centric Sultanahmet Square, this venue is beautiful, spiritual, and historic -- a quiet respite from all the noise around you. It doesn't take long to visit but is a great "secret spot" too many miss.
Written November 23, 2019
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Ashfaq A
Carteret, NJ85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
We been in Istanbul only for 5 days, and averagely we been enjoying almost 16 hours a day. We tried our best nothing to be missed, but we feel, we missed a lot. Because we couldn't spend our time to get more details of places we visited.
We spent about 45 minutes to see Mihrimah Sultan Mosque. A great and very beautiful Mosque.
These kind of historical places need at least 2 Hours.
Written March 31, 2016
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Tide2014
Herndon, VA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
What a beautiful mosque...perhaps five minutes walk from Chora Church and alongside a section of the wall I visited at the recommendation of my hotel's staff. Constructed for the Suleiman's favorite daughter it was completed in 1565. So brightly lit inside this is so worth a visit. Couple it with a visit to Chora Church (an absolute must on a visit to Istanbul) and a walk along a section of the wall. One should consider taking in Tekfur Sarayi as well (the only existing Byzantine imperial palace) a short distance away.
Written April 20, 2015
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Sabir S
Toronto, Canada1,078 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
Today, soon after our breakfast at the Dream Bosphorus Hotel in Sirkeci, we took the newly opened Subway Marmara Line to Uskudar, last time visited more than 10 years ago, to spend a sunny day on the Asian Side of Istanbul. After a long walk by the sea and around the downtown area, we stopped at the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Architect: Sinan), took some pictures of the interior of the mosque and rested for few minutes under the shady trees by the "wadoo area", and returned.
If you are in Istanbul, I recommend a trip to Uskudar for few hours, just to enjoy Istanbul from the other side, to add to your memories.
Written June 12, 2014
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LymondSevigny
Chippenham, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
On a visit to Istanbul it is, perhaps, inevitable that you'll visit several mosques, large and small. This one has a tale behind it - an attraction between the architect and the Sultan's daughter to whom it is dedicated that led to a most beautiful building. Light and airy, the dome floats above the ground that leaves a wide open space beneath for worshippers. The only problem with this site is getting to it as it sits right by the Edirne Gate, so is not on any of the main tram or metro lines.
Written October 1, 2012
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
About 3 weeks ago,I visited this beautiful mosque.I saw people praying.I appreciated its splendid dome,its stairway pulpit(minber),its kursi(throne chair),its prayer niche(mihrab)and awesome windows.It was built in Ottoman times in 1552 and designed by famous architect,Minar Sinan.It is located very close to the Edirnekapi Metro Station in a less touristic part of Istanbul.Non-Muslim visitors like myself are welcome free of charge,provided they respect the rules of the mosque(removal of shoes in the mosque,conservative attire,and no loud talking or use of cellphones).
Written December 17, 2014
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SarahDanni
Seattle, WA720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
I was astounded at the beauty of this mosque. So many people rave about Blue Mosque and seemingly ignore others. The outside was under construction, but inside was a vision of ornate tiles, glorious windows and quiet reflection. There weren't any other visitors while we were there, so we were able to really relax and take in our surroundings. If you make the trip to Chora Church or to eat at Asitane you must stop in here. A nice day is walking the Walls, Chora Church, lunch at Asitane and this mosque. In addition to it being a gorgeous site, it's a really nice day away from the hustle and bustle away from Old and New City.
Written September 16, 2014
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