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“Beautiful Architecture”
Review of Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque
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Owner description: Famed architect Sinan built this majestic structure for one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Although this mosque is less ornate, there are many similarities between it and the Hagia Sophia since the same architect was responsible for both.
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“Beautiful Architecture”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Wouldn't have gone looking for this mosque if not for the Rick Steves guide book, but so very glad we did. The Suleyman Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques I have ever seen (from an architecture standpoint I thought it was more beautiful than the famous Blue Mosque).

It is out of the way from the other standout attractions of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque but although it was a bit of a walk we didn't have trouble finding it. Again, totally worth the effort. It was designed by Mimar Sinan (Sinan the architect) for the Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and Sinan's story just adds to the greatness of his structure.

Visited August 2013
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“Stunning atmospheric mosque”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

So much better than the blue Mosque. do not approach from the Spice Museum - it is like climbing Everest! Approach it from the Grand Bazaar to avoid the hike. The mosque is the biggest in Istanbul and is atmospheric inside. We were lucky enough to still be on the hill at the call to prayer and it was an awesome experience as you could hear all of the other mosques within the city and the combined sound was phenonomal

Visited June 2014
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“Sight seeing”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Hard not to be impressed They get better and better as you progress.Crowded but having guide makes all the difference and you learn about each building

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Fewer people than the Blue Mosque or New Mosque, it's huge and beautiful. It's definitely worth the long walk up the hill.

Visited July 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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“My favourite!”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

An absolute must in Istanbul! Very pleasant to visit because it is very quiet and one gets enough room to walk around, unlike in Blue Mosque for example. Lovely especially after the buzz of the nearby noisy bazaars.

Visited June 2014
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