Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

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    Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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    Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
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    Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    The complex is located in Süleymaniye,was built by Sultan Süleyman, the Magnificent in 1557 and designed by Architect Sinan. The Süleymaniye Complex represented the second and most important stage in an architectural tradition which began with the Fatih Complex.The Süleymaniye Mosque is an awesome work of art, dating from a time when the Ottoman state was at its most splendid.The Süleynaiye Mosque and Complex incorporate the art and genius of Architect Sinan, the greatness and strenght of the Ottomans and the beauty and elegance of Istanbul.
    The courtyard contains a pool and water-jet fountain. Again unlike other mosques, the four minarets stand in the four corners of the courtyard.
    The domes rise from the ground to a height of 50 meters, and the minarets located where the courtyard meets the walls of the mosque have three galleries and are 76 meters high. The minarets located at the side of the courtyard with the entrance have two galleries and are 56 meters high. This proportion is the key to the perfection of the mosque's silhouette.
    Due to the design of the domes, the acoustics within the mosque are exceptionally clear. The air circulation within the mosque is also exceptional and the space above the entrance is illuminated by 4000 candles. Soot obtained from the candles is one of the raw materials in the making of ink used for callgraphy.
    The clinic, hospital, mental asylum and infirmary are located in the northwest of the complex parallel to the kiblah. The soup kitchen of the complex the Darüzziyafe, functions today as a restaurant serving classical Turkish cuisine.
    The kiblah side of the mosque has a covered cemetery with a great number of graves, the tombs of Süleyman, the Magnificent and his wife Hürrem Sultan and a room for the keeper of the tombs.
    In the tomb belonging to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent are the remains of Sultan Ahmed II, his wife Rabia Sultan, daughters Mihrimah Sultan and Asiye Sultan, and Sultan Süleyman II and his mother Saliha Dilasub Sultan.

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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 10, 2006

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    The Suleymaniye mosque is one of Istanbul’s greatest examples of Ottoman architecture. It was built in 1557 under the orders of Suleymaniye the Magnificent, whose reign marked the apex of the Ottoman Empire. It interior design is a combination of splendor and tranquility. The outside is a geometrical masterpiece, with domes of various diameters blending with ease.

    Just outside the mosque is a mausoleum containing the body of Suleymaniye. Many of the most important Pashas, a term reserved for ministers or advisers to the sultan, are buried in the surrounding cemetery.

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    Suleymaniye Camii

    by maykal Written Feb 5, 2006

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    One of my favourite mosques, the Suleymaniye mosque boasts one of the most impressive views in all istanbul. Situated on the highest hill in the city, the main attraction is the courtyard overlooking the domes and roofs spilling down the hillside to the Golden Horn below.

    On my last visit, I arrived with a friend to find a group of tourists being shouted at by the mosque guardian. "Go away, go away, there is nothing for you here, we don't want jews in here!", he hissed as he slammed the tourist entrance door shut. I wonder what they had done to provoke him. It was not prayer time, and they all seemed suitably dressed, unlike many groups who enter the Blue Mosque in shorts and without coveing heads. The women all wore scarves, were covered down to their ankles and wrists, the men were all in long trousers, and they were not wielding cameras, so I can't imagine them being thrown out for improper clothing. Even if they were Jewish, I can think of no reason why they should be denied access to a mosque in a city proud of its religious tolerance. Anyone faced anything similar here?

    Anyway, back to the mosque and its courtyard and gardens. The two little boys in the picture had been playing football until one of them spotted me take a photo of the mosque...they came bounding towards me and begged me to take their photo, so I did, much to their enjoyment!

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    Sulimaniye Mosque

    by ophiro Written Jul 28, 2005

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    The flower and the mosque

    This mosque was very close to our hotel (10 minutes walking).
    The mosque was built in 1550 and it is a very beautiful mosque , less touristic than the blue mosque.

    Outside we saw beautiful gardens and the entrance is free.

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    by luiggi Written Mar 26, 2005

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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    The Suleiman's Mosque ( Suleymaniye in Turkish and Arabic) is the second largest but finest and most magnificent of the imperial mosque complexes in the city.
    The construction of the Suleiman's Mosque began in 1550 and the mosque itself was completed in 1557.

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    Süleymaniye Mosque in the evening

    by vtveen Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    most impressive with all these lights

    We had to find our way through a criss-cross of narrow streets full of shops up the hill. It was almost 5.00 pm when we entered this mosque. A couple of minutes later the Friday evening praying started and suddenly all the lights went on. Quite a difference from a visit during daylight. It was so impressive !!!

    Later on a friendly guy helped us with our shoes and took us to a kind of look-out near the mosque with a splendid view over Istanbul in the evening.
    And we had also a cup of Turkish tea with him in one of the tea houses around the Mosque.

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    Suleymaniye

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Some consider this the finest mosque in Istanbul and it is at least one of Sinan's masterpieces, arguably being his second greatest work after his ultimate masterpiece, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne.

    It is a striking building and is easily visible from many points, especially across the Golden Horn in Galata/Beyoglu.

    One of the greatest things about this mosque is that a great deal of the mosque's outlying complex survivies, too: the buildings that once housed religious/law schools, soup kitchens for the poor, dervish quarters, merchants' and metal-smiths' shops, vaults, hospital, and the like. A library contains numerous old manuscripts. It is also the location of the Tomb (turbe) of the famous Sultan Suleyman "the Magnificent" and his rahter infamous wife Roxelana. Notably, in what was an apparent breach of Islamic custom, the tomb was built on the line between the mosque's mihrab and Mecca.

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  • Suleymaniye Mosque

    by macicka Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Suleymanie mosque

    Mosque that is located near to Istanbul university is masterpiece built in an honour of Suleyman The Magnificent.
    Interior of mosque may look simple but only materials of highest quality were chosen.
    There is located Suleyman's tomb and tomb of his wife Hurrem.
    Just don't forget to use enterance for tourists instead of enterance for lacals;)

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    Süleymaniye Camii

    by MalenaN Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Süleymaniye Camii stands on top of a hill and can be seen from many places in Istanbul. It is the largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built only in seven years, in 1550 - 1557. The mosque was built by the great architect Sinan for Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.
    The interior is huge and very nice. Four columns are supporting the dome. There is little decoration other then some Iznik tiles and stained glass windows.
    The courtyard is a pleasant place.

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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    by AcornMan Written May 1, 2004

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    Suleymaniye Mosque seen from Topkapi Palace

    The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and was built between 1550-1557 by Sultan Suleyman I - "Sulyman the Magnificent". Suleyman was the richest and most powerful Sultan of the Ottoman empire and ordered the construction of this enormous complex not only as a place of worship, but also has a charitable foundation. The mosque is surrounded by its former hospital, soup kitchen, schools, caravanserai, and bath house. This complex provided a welfare system that fed over 1,000 of the city's poor - Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike - every day.

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    The Magnificent

    by Lalique Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    My friend being a Muslim wanted to see the Mosque very much, I haven't seen it from the colse up distance, these two reasons made us to walk all the the way from Taksim, along Galata bridge and finally dive into the maze of narrow streets leading to the Mosque as it started to get pretty dark.
    My friend warried a bit, when we were climbing cobble stone dirty streets surrounded by plenty of small shops, which were about to close, with not a single tourist around... but strangly enough I felt absolutely secure in that labyrinth filled with strange scents, people and things...
    Having no clue where exactly to go, most lilky with the help of Allah, we finally reached it ....

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    The legacy

    by Lalique Updated Jan 24, 2004

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    Of course when we reach the Mosque, the 5pm prayer was over and the bulding closed, but we searched for the legacy of the ancestors and we found it.

    ...the green stones of eternity will always remind us of the glorious times and people who made them such, so looking at them we should try our best for our descendants would always remember the glorious times...

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    by stephenshephard Written Oct 28, 2003
    Inside Suleymaniye Mosque

    This mosque was founded by Suleyman the Magnificent, under whose sultanship the Ottoman Empire reached its greatest extent, right up to the gates of Vienna. Its grounds are an oasis of peace in noisy, crowded Istanbul except during the call to prayer, which is echoed back over the Golden Horn from the mosques to the north. The tomb of Suleyman himself is here and open for visitors. Inside the mosque is a vast, high-domed space (which is why the picture is a composite of different photographs). There is no entrance charge although a donation is expected, and this is still a working mosque so you must take your shoes off before entering and behave appropriately.

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    Mosque of Suleyman the magnificient

    by Erkmen Written Sep 26, 2003

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    I dont know how didi I forgot this mosque..

    Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the greatest mosques of Istanbul.. It is located behind the Istanbul Univercity.. It can also be seen from the Eminonu pier.. It was constructed on the highest point of the hill to be seen from everywhere..

    The mosquee has been constructed on 1556 by Suleyman the Magnificient.. The mosque has 4 minarets, representing that Sultan Suleyman is the forth sultan after the Conquest of Istanbul and 10 balconies on the minarets represents that the Sultan Suleyman is the 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire..

    The mosquee has three entrances.. Inside the mosquee you will be dazzled. Suppose the best alternative after Blue mosque.. The tomn of Sultan Suleyman is also in the Garden of the Mosquee

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    Suleymaniye's grave

    by Bigjones Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Suleymaniye's grave

    When visiting the Suleymaniye's mosque, don't miss Sinan's mausoleum where the Sultan is buried, it's really beautiful.

    Suleymanie the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire for 46 years between 1520 - 1566. This was a rising period for Istanbul, as well as for the whole Empire. Many valuable buildings were constructed during this period such as the Suleymaniye Mosque and annexes, other mosques and baths built on behalf of his wife Roxelane (one of the most outstanding examples of powerful women in the Ottoman Empire and the only loved wife of the Sultan).
    During his reign, Suleymaniye substantially extended the Empire and was responsible for transforming the army and the judicial system. Suleymaniye himself was a poet and accomplished goldsmith. He died on September 6th 1566 during the war with Austria.

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