6 Kasım 2015 Cuma

Mosques in Istanbul

Süleymaniye Mosque

New Mosque (Left) Süleymaniye Mosque (Right behind)

Süleymaniye is the largest mosque in Istanbul. It is also known as one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Most of the historians, archaeologist, tour guides think that it is better than the Blue Mosque for many ways.  Blue Mosque is located perfectly and it has beautiful interior decoration. However it does not give you the same feeling as Suleiman's Mosque.

Süleymaniye Mosque of Istanbul

A Great Architect of History: Mimar Sinan

Suleymaniye Mosque is dedicated to greatest Ottoman Sultan: Suleiman The Magnificent and build by the most famous architect of Ottoman Era: Mimar Sinan. Sinan served to 3 Ottoman Sultans. Sultan Suleiman I, Selim II and Murad III. He left many mosques, bridges, turkish baths and monumental fountains to the city of Istanbul.

Sultan Suleiman's time was the peak of the Ottoman Empire. He ruled the Empire from 1520 to 1566 - 46 years. There was a very popular TV show focusing on his life story. Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century) referring to his nickname Suleiman the Magnificent or Suleiman the lawmaker.

Magnificent Century or Muhteşem Yüzyıl

Muhteşem Yüzyıl - Magnificent Century

It is not surprising he ordered the largest and most beautiful mosque of Istanbul to be built for himself. He and his beloved wife Hurrem are buried in the courtyard of Suleymaniye Mosque. More and more people visiting their tombs every year. Because TV series Muhtesem Yuzyil is shown in entire Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia. Russians are very curious about this story because the beloved wife of Suleiman, Hurrem originated from Russia. Her original name was Roxelana.

Roxelana (Hürrem Sultan)
Suleymaniye Mosque is not only a mosque though. It is a complex. There is a school, public soup kitchen, asylum, school, turkish bath in the complex. Suleymaniye Hamami is also one of the most popular bath in Istanbul City.

Best regards,
Serhat Engül

Photos: Nikon D90 - Tokina 11-16mm Lens

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