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Suleymaniye Mosque
Holiday Travel Guide

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.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Suleymaniye Mosque

The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Galata Tower and Mixer. Taksim Square and Suleymaniye ...

4/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"The view of the hotel is excellent. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, the staff are cheerful at all times and they have 24 hour room service"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

The Marmara Pera
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (941 reviews)

"The staff of breakfast eara were professional n kind ,we got a good service n hospitality every single day also the restaurant up stairs had a good service n nice view of ocean which we enjoy it a lot In general everything was great n they were professional We had our COVID test in hotel that was ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM88 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cemberlitas Bath, Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Sultanahmet Square and Basilica Cistern are ...

4/5Very Good! (92 reviews)

"Overall great experience, everyone was nice to meet and room service was great!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
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The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar
The Marmara Pera
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
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Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM88 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
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Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
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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 RM257 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar
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Hotel Zurich Istanbul
Hotel Zurich Istanbul
4.5 out of 5
Vidinli Tevfik Pasa Cad. No:14, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM223 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
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Hotel Istanbul Trend
Hotel Istanbul Trend
4 out of 5
Mustafa Kemal Pasa Caddesi No: 36, Laleli, Istanbul, Istanbul
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Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM486 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
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Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City
5 out of 5
Balabanaga Mahallesi, Fethibe, Laleli-Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM219 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City
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