Sehzade Mehmet Mosque
Sehzade Mehmet Mosque
4.5
The area
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.
How to get there
  • Vezneciler • 4 min walk

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Dilek Cankus
Zurich, Switzerland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Eminönünde bulunan bakımli ve tarih kokan bir cami. Eminönü is toursitic and historical region and when you visit Grand Bazaar, do not forget to visit Sehzde Mehmet Mosque. Not far from Grand Bazaar.
Written July 10, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
A masterpiece of Ottoman architecture at its finest. Visit to contemplate, admire and soak in the elegant details and history.
Written January 1, 2021
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amritta
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This mosque is pretty inside and peaceful inside and outside. It has amazing garden, so peaceful. It wasn't crowded like other mosque, and that's why it is so peaceful inside.
Written February 23, 2020
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Mouner Nijmeh
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A must see mosque, its near by from my area, where you can reach via over-ground train. Full of tourists and well organized queue of visitors. I liked the surroundings as well, its very clean.
Written February 12, 2020
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Mamoun I
London, UK615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Here we go. Today I had the chance to enter this mosque and enjoy it’s magnificence by coincidence on my way back to my hotel. It doesn’t have the same detailed interior complexity but it was nonetheless a unique experience.
Written January 31, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Şehzade Mosque (meaning "prince") was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent as a memorial to his son Şehzade Mehmed who died of smallpox in 1543 at the age of 22. The architecture is grand, befitting a prince. Twin minarets flank the mosque. A marble-paved colonnaded forecourt is bordered by a portico with five domed bays on each side, with arches in alternating pink and white marble. At the center is an ablution fountain (şadırvan). The mosque itself is square, covered by a central dome (diameter 19m, height 37m). It is supported by four massive piers and flanked by four half-domes. The interior has a simple design, without galleries and is beautifully decorated. The mosque complex (külliye) consists of the mosque, the mausoleum of Prince Mehmet, two Qur'an schools (medrese), a public kitchen (imaret; serving food to the poor), and a caravansarai (inn for travelers). The mosque and its courtyard are surrounded by a wall that separates them from the rest of the complex. A funerary garden to the south of the mosque contains five mausoleums (türbe). The earliest and largest mausoleum, containing Şehzade Mehmed, is octagonal in shape, with a fluted dome, polychrome stonework and a triple-arched portico. The interior walls are covered with multi-colored cuerda seca tiles and the windows have stained glass. An unusual feature is the rectangular wooden throne over Mehmed's sarcophagus, symbolizing his status as the heir apparent. The tombs of Mehmed's daughter Hümaşah Sultan and his youngest brother Şehzade Cihangir (died 1553) are also in this mausoleum. South of the Şehzade mausoleum is the smaller octagonal türbe of Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha, (died 1560) the husband of Mihrimah, the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent. It is decorated with underglazed Iznik tiles. Near the complex gate is the türbe of Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha (died 1603), son-in-law of Murat III. Tourists may enter the Sehzade Mehmet Mosque (respectful dress, shoes off, ladies heads covered, no flash photography); it closes to non-worshipers for about an hour during the five daily prayers. The mosque is beautifully lit at night. There is no entry charge, but a donation is appreciated.
Written June 10, 2019
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cmkhairu77
Shah Alam, Malaysia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
This mosque is quiet from tourist... so u can have a lot of privacy in taking the snapshot inside.....
Written August 28, 2015
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2-4-T
Ontario, Canada884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Beautiful and tranquil mosque which is not always on the to-do lists of the tour groups and tourists. I loved how elegant and lovely it was... I liked it as much as the big name mosques of Istanbul. Of all the mosques I visited, I felt this one was the most serene and sacred. I felt so calm here and was able to enjoy it in peace.

Women need shoulders and head covered and not too short skirts or shorts. Men can wear long shorts. If you don't have the appropriate gear with you, they will lend you some coverage for your visit. It is free to visit, but a small donation to the guy handling the shoes/ scarves at the door is appreciated.

There is also a beautiful example of Roman aqua-duct beside the mosque (the Valens aqueduct). There are lots of good restos near-by serving jiros for great prices.
Written October 28, 2013
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GracyInVienna
London, UK741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This mosque is a bit off the beaten path, but is well worth visiting. The overall design, while similar to other mosques is slightly different with the four half-domes surrounding the main dome. If you like architecture, you'll love this one.
Written December 2, 2009
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA1,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My 2nd favorite mosque in Istanbul (Hagia Sophia being the first)! So peaceful and attractive! Busy streets outside, but you wouldn't know it inside. Really nice!
Written October 27, 2020
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