Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque
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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.
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Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • Kassie C
    Southampton, United Kingdom249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mosque and gardens
    We visited the Suleymaniye Mosque on a Friday morning. I originally wasn’t sure whether we would be allowed to visit because of Friday prayers, but we went in between prayer time and walked right in. The mosque is so beautiful and quite different from the Hagia Sofia. We didn’t spend a huge amount of time inside, but the grounds around the mosque are also very beautiful. Be aware that if you’re walking from Sultanahmet, it’s quite a ways uphill to walk.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Bea
    Sao Paulo, SP78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Me and my friend we had the pleasure to visit this Mosque during pray time and we can say that it was such a memorable experience. This Mosque is divided into 2 parts, one for prayers and another one for visitors. Like the other mosques in the city, in order to enter you need to remove shoes, be dressed properly and women need to cover the hair. It is a nice option to get away of the crowd in Hagia Sofia Mosque.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • aexplore
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Visiting the Suleymaniye Mosque was a truly awe-inspiring experience. The stunning architecture and intricate details of the mosque are truly remarkable. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views of the city from the mosque's hilltop location make it a must-see attraction in Istanbul. The historical significance of the mosque adds to its appeal, and I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in history or architecture.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 14, 2023
  • ila r
    Mumbai, India36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grandeur
    Suleymaniye is an ode to Suleiman the Magnificent. Modest yet majestic, the mosque is far less crowded than Hagia Sophia or Sultanahmet. However, the highlight for me was the tombs of Hurrem and Suleiman. Beautiful and sobering.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • barry v
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off the Beaten Path - Thankfully!
    After visiting the "top" attractions that are mobbed by tourists, we started a new day and walked to this huge and picturesque mosque. The way here required us to navigate a fascinating warren of small hardware and locals-specific shops, plus a few handicraft shops with pricing far more competitive here than at other locations with no lack of quality. The mosque is quiet and provides fantastic views of much of the Bosporus Istanbul area. Inside, the mosque is lovely and tranquil. A great excursion.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Jimalenunow a
    San Diego, California5 contributions
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    A magnificent masterpiece of Ottoman architecture
    Visiting this amazing mosque was a truly unforgettable experience. The stunning architecture and intricate details are a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the Ottoman era. The mosque's massive dome, towering minarets, and elegant courtyard make for a truly awe-inspiring sight. Inside, the intricate designs and beautiful calligraphy on the walls and ceiling are absolutely breathtaking. The atmosphere is peaceful and serene, making it a perfect place for contemplation and reflection. I highly recommend visiting this magnificent masterpiece of Ottoman architecture when in Istanbul.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • TracyM
    Cincinnati, Ohio956 contributions
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    Beautiful Mosque without the crowds
    Beautiful mosque that had a very park like setting. There were lots of people sitting in the grass outside. Not nearly as crowded as others in the area. It even had great views over the city. Inside was stunning and, again, way less crowded. We sat here for quite some time admiring the views.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • TravelerTrecker
    842 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most important mosque in Istanbul!
    This is the most important mosque in Istanbul. It is one of the imperial mosques. It was commissioned by Suleyman the Magnificent to Sinan, the imperial architect. Orange is the predominant color. The interior is more discreet than the one of the Blue Mosque. It has very unique and lovely balconies. The dome is impressive! It is surrounded by madrasas, a hospital, a kitchen, a caravansary, schools, and a public bath. All these buildings are currently under restoration and the surroundings look somewhat neglected. My first visit to the Suleiman mosque was in 2014. The buildings were not restored yet; however, the mosque and its surrounding buildings looked just beautiful! Thus, I am looking forward to seeing the complete restoration. The location is stunning. There is very beautiful view of the Golden Horn. The mausoleums of Suleyman, his daughter Marian, and Hurrem are in the premises and open to the public. A visit to the Suleyman Mosque is more relaxing that a visit to the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia. It is not crowded and very few tours visit this mosque, making this place more enjoyable.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 1, 2023
  • TravelingAmos
    New Jersey690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hike to Reach
    On each of my last two visits to Istanbul, I've walked up the hill to reach this mosque while my family was off shopping. Despite it being at the top of the hill, it is somewhat hard to find. Despite the exertion needed to reach here, I enjoyed the hike and the chance to explore the surrounding area. On my way down I came through a residential area made up on old wooden houses, which apparently go back to Ottoman times.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Mohamed Sami
    Alexandria, Egypt1,466 contributions
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    Ottoman glory
    The largest historical mosque in Istanbul and the icon of Ottoman glory. Built by the greatest Ottoman architect Senan for the Sultan Suleyman the magnificent almost 5 centuries ago. The complex also include the mausoleum of Suleyman and his family members as well as the mausoleum of Senan very near by. Not to be missed if you are in Istanbul
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
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SierraAlphaFoxtrot
Leicester, UK119 contributions
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Aug 2020
The Suleimani Mosque is one of the hallmarks of Istanbul. It is instantly recognisable on the horizon from far across the Golden Horn, as well as the Fatih district.
The architecture is mesmerising, as one would expect from the inspiring Mimar Sinan, for Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
I would recommend that every visitor to Istanbul comes here, regardless of faith. Please do be mindful that this is a functioning place of worship and modest dress is required!
I'd also recommend visiting the royal burial ground within the vicinity of the mosque, to pay your respects and possibly say a prayer for their Majesties and Royal Highnesses.
Written August 3, 2020
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Yorkshire Couple1986
Bradford, UK137 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We went through the grand bazaar to the mosque which took up about 15 mins walking. Locals helped us find the mosque along the way. When we arrived outside we heard the beautiful call to prayer. Security and guides were very welcoming and spoke English to give us details on the history of the mosque. The is also free literature in many languages inside available to everyone. In the garden you get to see some brilliant see views.
Written January 6, 2020
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Wennie W
Singapore, Singapore839 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
The interior of Suleymaniye mosque is more expansive more spacious and more welcoming for visitors than the Blue Mosque. Truly beautiful grounds inside and outside. Very quiet and peaceful experience with less visitors and definitely more slow paced and meditative than Blue mosque. The tombs next to the mosque are a nice side visit and spend some time taking in the views of the golden horn just outside the mosque.
Written January 25, 2020
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Bri B
Perth, Australia157 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
We got off at laleli university tram stop, not grand bazaar. It was a gentle incline up to the mosque.

Check prayer times before you go so you're not stuck outside as guests can't enter the mosque itself during prayers.

Visitors can explore the grounds during prayers, so you'll have something to do whilst they're finishing.

The sherbet man (dressed in traditional attire) seems nice until he charges 14 lira for a cup of juice. Rip off.

Well worth the trek considering half of the Blue Mosque is covered for renovations.
Written January 4, 2020
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nickers28
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Tucked in between lanes about 8 mins walk away fro the Grand Bazaar, this is a classic mosque with large green lawns. Beautiful views of the city from the mosque grounds. It really warmed the heart to see that a few dogs were allowed to roam the mosque grounds without anyone causing a big fuss - they were just lying peacefully on the grass, taking in the nice afternoon sun. The mosque interior was not large but classically beautiful with domes and chandeliers, just not as intricate and elaborate as those of the Blue Mosque. A lovely visit if you are in the area but not necessarily a must-do.
Written January 9, 2020
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Avonlea R
Utah49 contributions
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Nov 2021
I don't know much about the muslim religion, but I can say it was a special experience to visit this mosque and witness the architecture! This building is so pristine and beautiful, it's hard to believe how old it is (dating back to the 16th century.) We visited on a Saturday morning and there were a few tour groups but it was not too crowded. There is a pretty nice view of the city from this hillside as well!
Written November 20, 2021
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Sal
New Delhi, India18 contributions
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Jun 2022 • Solo
Unless you are going there for prayer or as a history nerd, there is no point visiting this mosque in the status it is now. Everything except a few slivers of the roof is covered by a white tarp which is part of the restoration efforts. While restoration is great, I cannot recommend any tourist to visit this place because they will see literally nothing inside. You’d be better off spending time going to another mosque in Istanbul or the Hagia Sofia. For these reasons, while the restoration is going on, I cannot recommend this place.
Written June 21, 2022
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KATERINA Z
Central Greece, Greece6 contributions
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May 2019
Ι believe it is the most important mosque in Istanbul. Its courtyard and garden with a view are famous. Also, the inside of the mosque makes you feel complete peace, regardless of religion. I highly recommend it.
Also don't forget to see the family graves in the adjacent building.
Written February 12, 2020
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
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Jul 2021
I was here part of a group tour and so am not aware of the entrance fees. But this mosque is still under renovation and many parts of this mosque is covered with drawings of what it would look like after renovation. I would still recommend to pay this mosque a visit.
Written July 28, 2021
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AEGEAN_MERMAID
Bodrum, Mugla Province, Turkish Aegean Coast10 contributions
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Aug 2019
One of the master pieces of architecture of human kind but the master architect Mimar Sinan's saw the mosque as a semiskilled-artifact of his professional life. Even more importantly, a place of endless peace, divine love and history. It has a spacious yard with a startling sea view of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorous.
Written March 8, 2020
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