Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque

On the second Hill of Istanbul is located Suleymaniye Mosque. This magnificent edifice is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and is a true art of the famous architect Mimar Sinan. Suleymaniye was built in 1557, and has a large endowment of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Its construction lasted for eight years.

What distinguished the Suleymaniye symmetry and rational refraction of light. Central dome of the mosque is high even 47 meters. This is the largest mosque in height by Sinan made in your life. The interior is very elegant, while its bodywork really fascinating. However, weather and natural disasters are not around this magnificent building. In 1660 the mosque caught fire that violated its original beauty and perfection. Suleymaniye was rebuilt during the reign of Sultan Mehmet IV, and for its reconstruction at the time was in charge architect Fossati. Thanks to that, the damage was repaired, but this mosque never regained its original beauty. Style building, which was used during the restoration was Baroque and it has greatly changed her appearance. Due to the earthquake in 1766 part of the dome collapsed due to the earthquake, but the mosque again suffered significant damage.

Suleymaniye and during World War I confronted with the destruction and damage. It has long been used as a warehouse for arms and ammunition, which led to additional damage and explosion. Only in 1956 the mosque was again fully restored and opened to visitors. Its complex includes Medrese, library, public kitchen, and several tombs, including the tomb of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife, Sultana Hurrem wedding, and earlier slaves called Roxelana and was originally from Ukraine.

Istanbul visitors can enjoy in many really nice mosques that are a reflection of Turkey's wealth and extraordinary style. One can see the reflection of Turkish during the visit to the Beyazit Mosque. You can enjoy if you take a short walk to the Fatih Mosque or go to the Kalenderhane Mosque, a place where once Dervishes lived.