Istanbul travel guide


Istanbul Travel Guide


Suleymaniye Istanbul The largest mosque of Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque, Turkish for the “Magnificent,” is one of the most outstanding samples of architecture in Istanbul. Created on top of a hill over the Golden Horn, the exceptional masterpiece of the Ottoman Architect, MimarSinan, was constructed in the 16th century, under the orders of the Sultan Süleyman the Magnificient.

The monumental mosque complementing the city's skyline divides in 15 sections:
  • The Bathhouse
  • The Mosque
  • The Rabi Madrasah (High School)
  • The Salis Madrasah (Intermediate School)
  • The Evvel Madrasah (Elementary School)
  • The Sani Madrasah (Seconday School)
  • The Tip Madrasah (Medical School)
  • The Darülhadis Madrasah (school of traditions of the Prophet)
  • The Tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent
  • The Tomb of the Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana, Suleiman Sultan Wife)
  • The Tomb of the Architect Sinan
  • The Tabhane (the mosque hostel where travelers – usually dervishes and mystics) could live free for three days)
  • The Türbedar Room(the caretaker headquarters)
  • The Bimarhane (The hospital)
  • ThrDarüzziyafe (Restaurant, previously a soup kitchen in the 16th century)
The complex was started on June 13, 1550 and declared finished on October 15, 1557, employing 3,523 workers(1,713 of which were Muslim), and 96.360 gold coins (filoris)with 82.900 silver coins (akçe).The Suleymaniye Complex stones,columns and other materials were fetched from all regions of the Ottoman Empire, like:
  • Bozcaada
  • Izmit
  • Mut
  • Ezine
  • Gazze Lebanon
  • etc.

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