Süleymaniye Mosque Of Sultan Suleiman

Süleymaniye Mosque Of Istanbul

Süleymaniye is more than a mosque, it’s a historical symbol of the Turkish history. The Süleymaniye Mosque unites the two foremost figures of Ottoman History: Sultan Süleyman and Architect Sinan. One representing the best of the local arts and the other utmost power of political strenght.

Süleymaniye Mosque

Ottoman mosques are usually not just a mosque but complex buildings. Mosques usually have public soup kitchen, asylum, school, turkish bath, tombs, fountain next to them.

Suleimaniye Mosque is one of the finest examples of this system in Turkey. It represents the peak of Ottoman art, power and prosperity.

Architect Sinan

Architect Sinan was a very important figure of Ottoman Empire in 16th century because he was the chief architect of the empire and assigned to most important constructions such as this mosque. He built not only for the Sultan himself, but his daughters, sons, high ranking officers, grand viziers and admirals. Sinan adorned Istanbul and some other cities of Turkey with his great buildings. Still today, he is considered as the best architect of Turkish history.

Dome Of Suleimaniye Mosque

Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent

The Süleymaniye Mosque is built on one of the hills of historical peninsula and overlooking to grea view of Istanbul and Bosphorus. It was placed on the top of the dominating hill of old city and representing the, greatest ruler of Ottomans: Sultan Suleiman.

Further Reading For Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent

Süleymaniye Mosque Center

The Mosque is built in 7 years. The construction started in 1550 and lasted until 1557. The architectural features of the building amazes everyone.  The massive dome is 47 meters from the ground and it look like hanged on the sky. This unique dome represents the holiness of God.

Make sure that you do not miss this important sightseeing place when you visit Istanbul. So many people visit Blue Mosque which is more centrally located and do not worry about seeing another mosque but it definitely worth it.

If you visit the Süleymaniye Mosque, don’t forget to give a lunch break in lovely restaurants, located beside the mosque complex. The restaurants are famous for serving Kuru Fasulye (Stewed Beans) this meal is served with rice and pickles. Delicious example of Turkish cuisine. At least 5 out of 10 people would count Kuru Fasulye (Stewed Bean) & Pilav (Rice) as his favorite meal, alongside with the Iskender Kebap.

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Short Istanbul Tour With Nice Photos

Short Istanbul Tour With Nice Photos

Istanbul is an impressive city located in the Eastern Europe or Middle East. It’s a great place to visit for the photographers. I am an Istanbulier and I love taking photographs too. So here is my photos of beautiful Istanbul city.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace used to be the residence of Ottoman Sultans. 25 Sultans had lived in the palace from 1481 to 1856 until Sultan Abdülmecid decided to move to the new palace located in the Bosphorus, which is named Dolmabahçe Palace.

Topkapı is unique with its architecture, it’s made like a fortress or castle. It was the office and barracks for the Fatih Sultan Mehmed. Became a home to Ottoman family palace later on. When Sultan Suleiman decided to move the Harem from Old Palace (Eski Saray) to here.

Topkapı Palace In Istanbul © Serhat Engul

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is the common inheritance of the people of the world. It was a church once, then became a mosque. Finally a museum. It’s a great place to visit. It’s arhitectural features still mesmerize the visitors. Even in the modern time, engineers can’t explain exactly how they were able to built it in five years. (532 A.D. to 537 A.D.)

Hagia Sophia mosaics are a must-see in Istanbul. Make sure that you don’t miss the mosaics on the second floor of this magnificent church, mosque or museum. It has many titles and many stories in it! Hard to tell without personally being inside and experience all those specilities of it!

Hagia Sophia View From Sultanahmet Park © Serhat Engul

A lot of street vendors hang around Hagia Sophia since it’s the main attraction point for tourists. The Hagia Sophia square is always bustling with people.

Istanbul Street Food © Serhat Engul

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque is obviously a perfect example of Ottoman architecture. It represents the golden age of the empire. The Ottoman Empire had reached to its greatest borders in the 16. and 17. centuries. Ths Blue Mosque is built by Sultan Ahmed from 1609 to 1616 (7 years) so it was just the peak time of the empire.

Blue Mosque Courtyard © Serhat Engul

Seljuk Architecture

Seljuks are forefathers of the Ottomans. They had migrated from Central Asia to west. When they arrived to Persia, they settled to Isfahan and created a powerful empire with hybrid culture. They had appointed as the protector of the Islam by the Abbasid Caliph. Seljuk Turks battled with mighty Byzantines and became victorious in the Battle Of Manzikert. (1071) So they embraced the Anatolia (ASia Minor) as their homeland. Anatolia has been Turkish land ever since.

Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet © Serhat Engul

New Mosque And Suleymaniye Mosque

New Mosque is built by a Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) It’s like a symbol of the hub (Eminönü District) of Historical Peninsula. A large mosque might catch your eye in the photo, that is seen in the distance. That grand mosque is Süleymaniye Mosque of the Ottoman Empire. Built by greatest architect Mimar Sinan, in the name of Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent.

Mosques Of Istanbul © Serhat Engul

Seagulls Of Istanbul Bosphorus

Having A Bosphorus Tour is of course exciting and joyful activity. To see the houses built by Bosphorus like a magic. Hundreds of years old waterfront houses that worth millions of dollars. The most popular and attractive districts are Ortaköy and Bebek. You may consider visiting these two trendy villages in the Bosphorus.

Bosphorus Cruise
Seagulls Over The Bosphorus © Serhat Engul

Spice Bazaar Of Istanbul

Spice Bazaar is a nice place to visit. You smell the attractive scent of spices from a hundred metres away. Then it makes you dizzy to look at these colorfoul and attractive shops.

Mısır Çarşısı Baharatları
Shops Of Spice Bazaar © Serhat Engul

Grand Bazaar Of Istanbul

Grand Bazaar is absolutely greatest tourist magnet in Istanbul. Everybody wants to see it and everybody wants to make a shopping in it. Built in 15th century, a great building to visit.

Shopping At Grand Bazaar © Serhat Engul


Istanbul Travel Clues

I strongly recommend you to check this qualified blog before you plan your visit to Istanbul. You may search in the Google as “Blue Mosque Clues”, “Hagia Sophia Clues”, “Grand Bazaar Clues” it comes up in the results right away on the top. Make sure that you have your clues about the place of interest. Hope you find it useful. 🙂

Istanbul Clues Travel Blog

I hope you have a great time in my hometown Istanbul, cheers!

Photos and article by Serhat Engül

Istanbul Private Tour Specialist

Ortaköy Trendy Village At Bosphorus

Ortaköy Trendy Village At Bosphorus

Ortaköy is a trendy place located along the Bosphorus shore. It has a cozy atmosphere and it is well-known for the nice cafeteries and restaurant that lines along the waterfront. Locals also like Ortaköy for its nice seaside view and atmosphere, ideal for coming to stroll around and having a breakfast as do local people do oftenly. Continue reading Ortaköy Trendy Village At Bosphorus

Top Sightseeing Places In Istanbul

Top Sightseeing Places In Istanbul

These are the sights you are recommended to see in Istanbul, ranked in order of significance and ease of access.

Luckily, the first six sights are very close to each other near Sultanahmet Area. You can visit them on your own, or you can hire a private tour guide to see these beautiful sights. Tour guide is very useful about the fast track advantage as well as being well informed about the sights. Continue reading Top Sightseeing Places In Istanbul