Suleymaniye Mosque: Plan Your Trip

Explore The Suleymaniye Mosque & Complex with a local and plan your trip. We will walk around the mosque, inside, the Tomb of Suleiman The Magnificent and Hurrem Sultan (Roxalana), the hall area with never seen details, and more…

Where is Suleymaniye Mosque?

Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Turkey and is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the old peninsula Süleymaniye area. https://goo.gl/maps/fZMVEXqqnf96KxDdA It is within walking distance of the famous Grand Bazaar in Beyazıt seated in one of the seven hills of Istanbul. Therefore has a beautiful Bosphorus view. The construction ordered by Sultan Suleiman the First (the magnificent)

Who is Suleiman the Magnificent?


The only son of Selim I, Suleyman was born on November 6th, 1494 in Trabzon City on the Black Sea coast. At the age of 26, he became the 10th sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1520. He is known as “Kanuni” (the Lawgiver) in his homeland. But for Europeans, he has always been “Suleiman the Magnificent”.

Interior Of Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque Facts

Suleymaniye Mosque is the second-largest imperial mosque complex in the city. It was built during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The 4 minarets symbolized that Suleiman was the 4th sultan after the conquest of Constantinople. The 10 balconies of the minarets symbolize: he was the 10th sultan who ruled since the foundation of the state in 1299.

Hall area of the mosque and water tank

Mosque complex includes a hospital, primary school, Hamam (Turkish bath), a caravanserai (lodge for traveling tradesmen), four Madrasah (Qoran school), medical college, public kitchen to serve food for the poor. It also includes the mausoleums of Sultan Suleyman, his wife Roxelane (Hürrem Sultan), and the rest of his family.

The hall area before entering the mosque
Entrance of Tomb and me 🙂
Mihrab of Suleymaniye mosque

Where To Eat Around Suleymaniye

While visiting the mosque complex I mostly go there with my doner sandwich I buy from my favorite doner kebab vendor in the area. It is located in the same area and has been there since the 1950s. If you want to eat where local people eat try that doner kebab. It has a small sitting area across the street, but in beautiful weather, I would suggest getting your doner packed up with ayran drink and enjoying it at the terrace of Suleymaniye mosque with a beautiful Bosphorus view.

Here is another trip I shared in the same area. It will give you an idea of where else you can visit while planning to see Suleimaniye Mosque and where the doner vendor is.

Tomb of Hurrem Sultan, Roxalana
Tomb of Suleyman’s dome
The Crone entrance to the Suleymaniye Mosque

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Istanbul’s Biggest Camlica Mosque: https://youtu.be/4a16A4oIHVw

Special Thanks To Center for Cross-Cultural Communication Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: crossculturalc Tripadvisor: Suleymaniye Cultural Info Center Website: www.crossculturalcenter.org Address: Süleymaniye Mahallesi Kanuni Medresesi Sk. No:20/1 İstanbul 34116 Türkiye

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