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Suleymaniye Mosque & Rustem Pasa Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque constructed with order of Sultan Suleyman who was known Suleyman the Magnificent. The architecture Mimar Sinan started in 1550 and finished the mosque in 1558. The construction is a blend of Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements.

It is smaller than the Hagia Sofia and references to the Dome of the Rock. But it is the largest mosque in city and stands on the top of hill.

Suleymaniye Mosque was designed as a külliye and consists of the mosque itself, a hospital, primary school, public baths, a Caravanserai, four Qur'an schools, a specialized school for the learning of hadith, a medical college and a public kitchen which served food to the poor people. There are mausoleums of Sultan Suleyman I, his wife Hurrem Sultan and their daughter Mihrimah Sultan. I highly recommend you visit here!!!

Information:
It is still active mosque and open for prayers. It is closed during prayer times. Please check prayer times before you go for a visit. It is closed on Friday till 14:00.
Our female customers should carry a scarf to cover their head and wear suitable clothes for mosque visit. Your shorts and dresses should be below the knee and shoulders covered.
Entrance Fee: Free
Rustem Pasa Mosque

Rustem Pasa Mosque

It is an ottoman mosque and located in Hasırcılar Carsısı in the Tahtakale. The Architect Mimar Sinan designed this ottoman mosque and built in between 1561-1563. Rustem Pasa Mosque as a religious school. They built mosque on a high terrace over a complex of vaulted shops. This mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles and set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. These tiles shows characteristic of Iznik pottery.

Information:
It is still active mosque and open for prayers. It is closed during prayer time. Please check prayer times before you go for a visit. It is closed on Friday till 14:00.
Our female customers should carry a scarf to cover their head and wear suitable clothes for a mosque visit. Your shorts and dresses should be below the knee and your shoulders covered.
Entrance Fee: Free