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Standing on a hill next to the Golden Horn, the Suleymaniye mosque is for me the most beautiful mosque in Istanbul. It's very impressive by its size but also its simplicity. It's decorated with Iznik tiles (blue and white) and stained-glass windows which colour the natural light.
It was built between 1550 and 1557 by Sinan, the renowned architect of the Ottoman Empire's golden age, under the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent, the tenth sultan of the Ottoman dynasty, who is buried with his wife Roxelana in the courtyard next to the mosque.
A Magnificent Mosque
The Suleymaniye Mosque was founded by Suleyman the Magnificent and designed by the master architect Sinan. As well as being a place of worship it included a hospital, soup kitchen, school and bath house and a welfare system that tended to the needs of the poor of the city.
The complex is very worthy of the name magnificent. From the soaring minarets, the peacefulness of the courtyard to the beauty and tranquility of the Mosque's interior. Not as highly decorated as the Blue Mosque it is equally impressive with its fine masonary, decorated dome and intricate calligraphy.
The tomb of Suleyman, next to the Mosque, is also worth visiting. Ceramic stars are set into the ceiling overlooking the coffins of Suleyman, his daughter and two of his successors.
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From Ataturk Bridge.
I saw at least three bridges over the waters of the Golden Horn. The New Galata, the Ataturk, and the Old Galata Bridges. My first evening in Istanbul I walked to the old city from my hotel in Taksim and crossed the Galata Bridge and came back to my place crossing the Ataturk. From Ataturk Bridge the Suleyman Mosque domains the sight field... Magnifique!!!!
From Ataturk Bridge
Construction of the biggest mosque of Istanbul was started twenty years after the Vienna fiasco, and it took seven years to complete it. Suliman was Magnificent, all the way until 1566. Was he thinking all those trirty seven years about Vienna?
From Galata Bridge
Have you have ever heard about Suliman the Magnificent? If you have, the Mosque that has his name, the biggest Mosque of Istanbul will tell you a little bit about his power. If you have not, ask any cultivated European about this guy who was at the gate of Vienna in 1529.
You must see the way to become very active in learning a bit about other cultures and abandoning those false supremacist poses...
The Suleymaniye is the second largest mosque in Istanbul but by far the finest and most magnificient in the city.It is a wonderful monument to its founder, Suleyman the magnificent, and a master work of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman achitects, buried near it in a small building. The mosque is the most important Ottoman building in Istanbul.The construction of Suleymaniye began in 1550 the mosque itself was completed in 1557, but all the buildings of the complex were finished some years after. Around the Mosque courtyard on three sides are arranged the other builings of the complex .Nearly all of them have been well restored and some of them are once again serving the people of Istanbul as they did in the days of Suleyman (Hospital, school)
The Suleimaniye mosque is preceded by a courtyard with a portico of exceptional grandeour, with beautiful columns of porphyry, marble and grenite.At the four corners of the courtyard rise the four great minarets.These four minarets are traditionally said to present the fact that Suleyman was the fourth sultan to reign in Istanbul; while the ten serefs or balconies denote that he was the tenth sultan of the Ottoman.
The cascading domes and four slender minarets of the Imperial Suleymaniye Mosque dominate the skyline on the Golden Horn's west bank. Considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul, it was built between 1550 and 1557 by Sinan, the renowned architect of the Ottoman Empire's golden age. Erected on the crest of a hill, the building is conspicuous for its great size, emphasized by the four minarets that rise from each comer of the courtyard. Inside are the mihrab (prayer niche showing the direction to Mecca) and the mimber (pulpit) made of finely carved white marble and exquisite stained-glass windows coloring the incoming streams of light. It was in the gardens of this complex that Suleyman and his wife, Hurrem Sultan (Roxelane), had their mausolea built, and near here also Sinan built his own tomb. The mosque complex also includes four medreses, or theological schools, a school of medicine, a caravanserai, a Turkish bath, and a kitchen and hospice for the poor.
The cascading domes and four slender minarets of the mosque dominate the skyline on the Golden Horn’s west bank. An outstanding beauty among all those domes and minarets that define the skyline of Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest and most grandiose in the city. It facinates every visitor with the aesthetic supremancy of its interior and exterior, and its harmonious and pleasant proportions.
The Imperial Suleymaniye Mosque -Considered the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul which was built bettween 1550-1557 by Sultan Suleyman I - "Suleyman the Magnificent".
It is also the largest mosque in Istanbul which has got four medrese, or theological schools, a school of medicine, a caravanserai, a Turkish bath, and a kitchen and hospice for the poor inside
The Suleymaniye Mosque is planned by Architect Sinan. It has been constructed between 1551 to 1558. It has Ottoman Islamic style. The Suleymaniye Mosque domed, with four minaret towers. Hub of the kulliye, or palace complex.
"Suleyman the magnificent ordered a mosque appropriate to his title to be built by the architect Sinan, whereupon the present mosque was begun on one of the hills dominating the Golden Horn."
"The mosque, and its attendant structures, madrasa, arms—houses, infirmaries, caravansarais, a medical school, hamams, schools of Tradition, a hospital, cells and shops were begun in 1550 by the architect Sinan and completed in 1557."
—Ilhan Aksit. Treasures of Istanbul. p164.
"Here Sinan demonstrated his transformation of the Hagia Sophia plan from which he had drawn his inspiration: his dome is buttressed by two half-domes and two typanum walls."
"Sinan's solution of putting four minarets at the corners of his arcaded courtyard (inspired by the atrium) sets up a counterpoint between a solid volume on the mosque side and a 'negative' space on the courtyard side."
—Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. p378-9.
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It's a magical atmosphere and should be lived...
The Suleiman's Mosque 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. The mosque is actually a complex building with the tombs of Suleiman and his wife, Hurrem Sultan(Roxelana). The other buildings were finished some years later. The mosque is preceded by a courtyard with columns of the richest porphyry, marble and granite. At the four corners of the courtyard rise the four great minarets. The four minarets are said to signify that Suleiman was the fourth sultan to rule in Istanbul and the 10 balconies denote that he was the 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Dynasty.
The Süleymaniye Mosque is also...
The Süleymaniye Mosque is also one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul located above the Golden Horn. It was built in 1550 by Sinan, a truly genius in the Architecture world. Inside the mosque you have to admire the colourful windows and the magnificient decoration.
Suleyman Mosque 'Suleyman the...
Suleyman Mosque 'Suleyman the magnificent ordered a mosque appropriate to his title to be built by the architect Sinan, whereupon the present mosque was begun on one of the hills dominating the Golden Horn.' 'The mosque, and its attendant structures, madrasa, arms—houses, infirmaries, caravansarais, a medical school, hamams, schools of Tradition, a hospital, cells and shops were begun in 1550 by the architect Sinan and completed in 1557.' —Ilhan Aksit. Treasures of Istanbul. p164
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