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Review of Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque
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Istanbul Muslim Districts Private Half-Day Tour
Ranked #5 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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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 are many similarities between it and the Hagia Sophia since the same architect was responsible for both.
Istanbul, Turkey
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I visited this mosque earlier in the morning before the place became crowded. There were not many people there and I felt like I had the place to myself. It's a wonderful building and very peaceful inside. I highly recommend taking the time to visit.

Visited February 2013
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The mosque covers a vast amount of area and without a doubt is a fabulous view. The structure and beauty of the mosque is one of my favourite attractions.
Inside the mosque is fesh as the day it was built with lighting that glows the mosque into its original feature and for the purpose it was built for.

Visited January 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautifully Serene”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

It is a lovely mosque set on top of the hill. Very picturesque. Suleymaniye complex also has a mixed Hamam which was very nice!

Visited February 2013
Thank Jurgita M
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Stow, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Blue Mosque”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

WOW... what an awewome structure. It was very cool to see how Mulsims pray, what the faciity is like, and how masive this mosque actually is

Visited February 2013
Thank Keith K
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“Sense of calm and serenity”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

There is something especially alluring about the Suleymaniye Mosque. It's the calm and quiet confidence it exudes to visitors. Designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan, the Suleymaniye Mosque reflects fine Ottoman architecture and is known as the most striking and beautiful mosque in Istanbul. The Suleymaniye Mosque is away from the other historical attractions in the Old City that many visitors come to see in Istanbul so it is very much less crowded (and we hope it stays this way). The Suleymaniye Mosque is an excellent reprieve to anyone who visits anytime, worshipper or non-worshipper.

Calmness and serenity were what I felt once inside the Suleymaniye Mosque. Standing there, all I wanted was to continue staring as long as possible at the beautiful ceiling while absorbing the peace and quiet of it all. Several visitors/non-worshippers sat on the carpeted floor while taking their time to appreciate just being there. Time stood still, that was what it felt like.

On a relative note, the more popular Sultanahmet Mosque is an absolutely gorgeous mosque, though with the large crowd of visitors it draws also comes with a sense of rush. Go to both mosques for the architecture but experience the peace and quiet at the Suleymaniye Mosque.

Visited November 2012
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