The Süleymaniye Mosque

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The Süleymaniye Mosque May 28, 2017
The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent( the Lawgiver) and designed by Mimar Sinan, the renowned architect of the Ottoman golden age, between 1550 and 1557 on the third hill of Istanbul which looks onto Golden Horn. It was Sinan's master - builder period work and wish to surpass the builders of Ayasofya.

This colossal imperial mosque has coloured window glasses decorated with flower embroideries, the mihrab and minber ornamented with finely carved white marble and its marble inner walls adorned with tiles and inscriptions. With the enorme dimensions of the dome this mosque is one of the most beautiful monuments of the world. The interior of the mosque is simply decorated with the fine stained glass windows and the 16th century Turkish motives on the mihrab wall.

The mosque's size is emphasised by four minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard. The minarets have a total of ten galleries, which by tradition indicates that Suleiman was the tenth Ottoman sultan and the four minarets indicate that he was the fourth Sultan since the conquest of the city.

Adjoining the mosque were theological schools, a school of medicine, a soup kitchen and hospice for the poor, a caravanserai and a Turkish bath.
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