Süleymaniye Mosque was built by Mimar Sinan in Suleymaniye region of Istanbul Eminönü after the request of Sultan Suleiman of Kaununi between 1551-1558. Mimar Sinan built this mosque at the age of 85. There are libraries, Turkish bathrooms, madrasah and shop around the mosque.
Architectural Properties of Suleymaniye Mosque
Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the most important works and examples of the Ottoman period architecture. Despite the fact that there have been hundreds of earthquakes in Istanbul for centuries, there is not a single crack on the Süleymaniye Mosque. The dome has 53m height and 27.5m diameter. This large dome was reinforced with a half-dome as it was in Hagia Sophia.
There are minarets on the four corners of the mosque’s garden. The dimensions of minarets are different from each other. 32 windows have been opened in the main dome of the glass to provide the best illumination according to the calculations of Mimar Sinan.
There are 28 porticoes around the courtyard of the mosque. There is a shadirvan (a group of faucets in order to take ablution before praying) in the middle of the courtyard of the mosque. There is a treasure where Süleyman the Magnificent and his wife Hürrem Sultan are in.
Suleymaniye complex consists of 15 sections. Madrasah, dükkan and dans were also built by Mimar Sinan. Lots of students studies medicine, physics and chemistry in the madrasahs in the complex
How to Go to Süleymaniye Mosque?
Süleymaniye Mosque is in the Süleymaniye Quarter where it gives its name, namely within the borders of Fatih.
With a private car: Firstly, go straight ahead to Eminönü from Galata Bridge, turn right at the bridg Then Turn left at the lights in front of Istanbul Commerce University. From there, you can easily reach Suleymaniye by following the signs.
Alternative: Take the Kabatas – Bağcılar Tram Line to Laleli-University Stop, have a short walk from there.