Suleymaniye Mosque

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Suleymaniye Mosque showing a mosque

Admire the stunning exterior architecture and captivating interior design of the grandest mosque in Istanbul.

Standing stark against the city skyline to the north of the Third Hill, the striking Süleymaniye Mosque is easily one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul. Constructed at the behest of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), this Ottoman imperial mosque is the largest of its kind in Istanbul and has captivated visitors since the 16th century.

The mosque complex is an architectural masterpiece, and includes a hospital, medical school, primary school, hamam and a restaurant serving the most delicious Turkish treats. Happily for sightseers, the unique location also offers the most spectacular views across the shimmering waters of the Golden Horn.

The talented Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, designed the narrow minarets and domed buildings to reflect and surpass the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia. The 53-metre-high main dome is a stunning visual beacon that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city so, even if you are unfamiliar with the streets of Istanbul, you really can’t miss it!

History buffs might be interested to know that the mighty Sultan Süleyman regarded himself as the successor of Solomon, the erudite king of Israel. Interestingly, this is reflected in the mosque’s design which includes a nod to the Dome of the Rock, a holy shrine built on the site of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.

Refreshing in its simplicity, the effect of the vast interior is enhanced by the beams of light that flood through stunning stained-glass windows. As you wander around, pay particular attention to the intricate woodwork, which is interwoven with mother-of-pearl and ivory. Pause for a moment at the white marble mihrab and note the subtle use of decorative Iznik tiles.

When it’s time for some fresh air, step out into the grand courtyard. Surrounded by impressive granite and marble columns, this stunning space is enclosed by four minarets at each corner and is a great spot for reflection and relaxation. Before you leave the complex, don’t forget to pay your respects to those who made it all possible; the elaborate tombs of Süleyman and his wife Roxelana are in the garden behind the mosque and Sinan’s tomb is tucked away in the northern corner just outside the complex walls.

Süleymaniye Mosque is located a short stroll from the Grand Bazaar and is free to enter, so it should be easy to slip this magnificent structure into your busy Istanbul itinerary.

Top 10 Hotels Near Suleymaniye Mosque

Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Balabanaga Mahallesi, Fethibe, Laleli-Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM239 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beyazit Square and Grand Bazaar. The Egyptian Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (714 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM564 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Tower. Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.3 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (959 reviews)
"Sublime experience in historical palace Combination of luxury, comfy, relaxing & wellness The stuff are amazing friendly, helpful & joyful The location at it’s best This is not my first stay at Pera palace & it won’t be the last ❤️"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Pera Palace Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM462 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Sultanahmet, this spa hotel is steps away from Cemberlitas Bath and Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Square and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"It is a classy traditional hotel perfectly located in the old town area of Istanbul. Featuring a superb view from the restaurant on the 6th floor, nice rooms, a turkish bath in the basement, and an elegant foyer - it was everything we were looking for during our week-long stay. The staff was exceptionally ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

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Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Balabanaga Mahallesi, Fethibe, Laleli-Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM239 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
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Pera Palace Hotel
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5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM564 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
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Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM462 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class
Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class
4 out of 5
Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No: 13, Beyazit, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM282 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is RM436 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
5 out of 5
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The price is RM418 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Ajwa Sultanahmet
Ajwa Sultanahmet
5 out of 5
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The price is RM832 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
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Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Kemankes Caddesi No: 57-59, Karaköy - Beyoglu, Istanbul
The price is RM418 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Régie Ottoman Istanbul
Régie Ottoman Istanbul
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The price is RM317 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
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