Süleymaniye Mosque (Camii)
One of Mimar (architect) Sinan’s largest and most beautiful masterpieces, this impressive structure was completed on one of the old city's seven hills in 1557. As the name indicates, it was Sultan Süleyman who commissioned this imperial mosque. Its position on the hill overlooking the Golden Horn, its towering and yet graceful dome, and the interior proportions of this mosque are truly awe-inspiring. Like many Ottoman mosques, the religious building is surrounded by a külliye (social complex) that held kitchens, a religious school, and a hospital. Adjacent to the mosque is a cemetery with impressively ornate tombstones and the tomb buildings of Sultan Süleyman and his wife, Hürrem.
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