Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

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    Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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    Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, TR
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    Suleymaniye Camii PART I (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 5, 2008

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    Suleiman the Magnificent was the most powerful ruler of his time, the greatest ruler of Ottoman Empire and one of the most significant rulers in the history. Appropriate to his title – the mosque he was the patron of, built between 1550 and 1557, is the magnificent building. Constructed on the highest point of the Golden Horn's west bank, the mosque is the artwork of architect Sinan, the greatest architect of Ottoman Empire and "the closest Turkey gets to a Renaissance architect". Sinan, man of Greek or Armenian origin, lived for almost a century, was the chief Ottoman architect during the region of four sultans and constructed about four hundred buildings!

    Suleymaniye Camii – Suleiman Mosque is 59 m in length and 58 m in width. The main dome is 53 m high and has a diameter of 26.5 m. It has four minarets with a total of 10 galleries indicating that Suleiman the Magnificent was the 10th Ottoman sultan.

    To be continued in PART II…

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    Suleymaniye Camii PART II (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    […] The mosque suffered the damage from fire in 1660 and from the earthquake in 1766. It was restored in several occasions, the last time in 1956 to gain its faithful appearance. The mosque interior, mostly red in colour, decorated with Iznik tiles is very spacious and astonishingly beautiful.

    In the garden behind the mosque there are two mausoleums – turbes – one of Suleiman the Magnificent and the other of Hurrem, Suleiman's wife of Russian, Ukrainian of Georgian origin, the first especially powerful and the most influential woman of the Ottoman Empire. Turbe of Sinan is just outside the walls of the mosque to the north, across the street named Mimar Sinan Caddesi in his honour. The mosque complex includes medreses – theological schools, school of medicine, caravanserai – building for rest and recover from the day's journey, Turkish bath, kitchen and hospice for the poor.

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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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    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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    An Ottoman Masterpiece

    by muratkorman Updated Jul 26, 2011

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    This mosque was built by Mimar Sinan in the name of Sultan Süleyman who is also known as Magnificent Süleyman. The construction took more than 7 years and finished in 1557. It is considered to be an architectural reply to Hagia Sofia. This mosque has a larger dome compared to Byzantine Hagia Sofia. The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 26.5 meters. At the time it was built, the dome was the highest in the Ottoman Empire, when measured from sea level, but still lower from its base than that of Hagia Sophia. It is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it has 4 minarets. The tomb of Sultan Süleyman and the tomb of his beloved wife Hürrem Sultan are located in the cemetery next to the mosque. Major renovation works in the interior and exterior have been completed recently. You can watch the video I have uploaded to see the interior details of the mosque. The renovation works are still in progress for the surrounding complexes.

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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 Mosque Interior

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated May 9, 2009

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    The Süleymaniye was ravaged by a fire in 1660 and the dome collapsed again during the earthquake of 1766. Subsequent repairs damaged what was left of the original decoration of Sinan. The mosque was restored again in the middle of the 19th century by the Swiss-Italian architect brothers Gaspare and Giuseppe Fossati. In a botched attempt to restore it to its supposed original glory, the dome and the semi-domes were painted in an Ottoman baroque style. During the recent cleaning the original design was faithfully restored.

    During World War I the courtyard was used as a weapons depot and when some of then ammunition ignited the mosque suffered another fire. Not until 1956 was it fully restored again. Now it’s still in restoration. I visited a small hall which was open for attendees and didn’t see main interiors.

    You can watch my 1 min 46 sec HQ Video Istanbul Suleymanyie Mosque slide show part III out of my Youtube channel with Allah Akbar pray.

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    Suleymaniye Camii

    by Hopkid Written Apr 29, 2008

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    Most prominent in its position a top of the city's seven hills and easily visible from the Golden Horn as the highest point of the city skyline, Suleymaniye Camii is also considered, arguably, to be Mimar Sinan's greatest achievement. Named for its benefactor, Suleyman the Magnificent, it was completed in 1557. It was the fourth imperial mosque constructed following the Muslim Conquest in 1453. It is one of the most-visited mosques in the city and for good reason as many consider it to be grandest of the many mosques built over the past 500 plus years. Sinan is buried in a tomb just outside the mosque complex (it was part of the complex in the 16th century).

    Unfortunately I cannot provide a first-hand description of the courtyard or the mosque interior as, sadly, it had been closed for a 2-year renovation just the week before our arrival. That's the second Sinan mosque we couldn't see on this trip because of renovations! Just means we'll have to come back some day....

    The mosque is scheduled to reopen in 2010 so plan your trip accordingly if it is on your must-see list.

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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    by Bigjones Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Inside the mosque

    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.

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    Mosque of Suleyman the magnificient

    by Erkmen Written Sep 26, 2003

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    Suleymaniye Camii

    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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    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 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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    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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    Suleymaniye Mosque

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 9, 2009

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    It is the second largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman I in 1557 by Architect Sinan (the grand old master of Ottoman architecture).
    The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 26.5 meters. At the time it was built, the dome was the highest in the Ottoman Empire, when measured from its base, but still lower from the ground level and smaller in diameter than that of Hagia Sophia.

    You can watch my 3 min 46 sec HQ Video Istanbul Suleymaniye Mosque part I out of my Youtube channel with Allah Akbar pray.

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