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Süleymaniye Mosque can be reached by following the north and east (Fuat Paşa St.) walls of Istanbul University, which was surrounded by the biggest külliye of Ottoman Era. Süleymaniye is a complex of buildings not only providing worship service but also social and educational services.

The center of the külliye, which was built by Mimar Sinan in request of Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566), is Süleymaniye Mosque. The mosque built in years between 1550 and 1577 is a magnificent example of Classical Ottoman architecture. It’s on the third hill of Istanbul, and an unchanging part of silhouette of the Golden Horn.

The inner courtyard has a fountain in the center, fully paved with white marble, and has minarets at four corners. Two minarets in the north have two balconies and 56 meters long, the other two minarets at the end of portico have three balconies “land 76 meters high.

Worshipping area is built on a rectangular plan at a size of 61 and 70 meters. Giant piers at four corner of the dome carry the weight of the structure.

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Süleymaniye Mah, Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar Cd. No:1, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

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