Süleymaniye Mosque In Istanbul
Suleymaniye Mosque ( Süleymaniye Camii ) was built between 1550 and 1557 for Sultan Süleyman the Magnificient. The mosque itself stands high on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. It was under restoration until late 2011 and now majority of its parts are open for public to visit.
In and outside of the Suleymaniye Mosque, you will find both Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. You will see a monumental courtyard (avlu) as you might see in almost all mosques built during the Ottomans. In Ottoman Empire, only mosques endowed to Sultans were allowed to have four minarets. You will see the four minarets, one at the end of each corner of the courtyard, meaning that the mosque was endowed by a sultan.
Mimar Sinan, the architectural genius of his time, built the mosque during the years stated above. You will see how a great architecture he was as you walk around the mosque and get into it. It is a huge building but after you get into it, you feel the peaceful atmosphere inside. You will need to have at least half an hour to get more of the Süleymaniye Mosque.
How To Get To Suleymaniye Mosque?
Süleymaniye Camii is in Beyazıt in Istanbul. If you are in or around that area, you can consider walking there. Many visitors are usually coming from Sultanahmet to Süleymaniye.
Alternatively, you can take tram and get off at the Beyazıt station. You can have a look at our post on how to get Istanbulkart for public transportation. There are many kebap restaurants there close to Süleymaniye. They are usually not big restaurants but like small buffets.
If you are coming from Eminonu, you should take the tram to Zeytinburnu and get off at the Laleli-Universite stop. Right after you get off, you will see Istanbul University Aquaculture Faculty building in front of you. Walk through the street (Reşitpaşa Caddesi) next to the faculty building. The faculty building should stay on your right. At the end of the street, you will see Vezneciler Dormitory. The dormitory should stay on your left. Walk about 250m and you will see the Süleymaniye Mosque.
If you are coming from Taksim, there are several ways but the fastest would be taking TH-1 Metro line at Tarlabaşı station towards Ataturk Airport. You should get off at Vefa station. Remember that there are four station between Tarlabaşı and Vefa. After you get off at the Vefa station, just follow the map below to arrive in Suleymaniye. It will take about 15 minutes to get there by walking.
After getting off at the Vefa station, walk about 130m towards Şep Sefa Hatun Camii and take Hacı Kadın caddesi on your right.
Walk about 210m on Hacı Kadın Caddesi and then take Tavanlı Çeşme Sokak on your right.
Walk about 90m on Tavanlı Çeşme Sokak and then take Kasnakçılar Sokak on your left.
Walk about 65m on Kasnakçılar Sokak and then take Metmetpaşa Yokuşu on your right.
Walk about 230m on Mehmetpaşa Yokuşu. Remember that this road has some bends that you should follow. After walking 230m, take Şifahane Sokak on your right.
Walk about 150m on Şifahane sokak and then take Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar caddesi on your left. You will se the mosque on your left.
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