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Süleymaniye Mosque

Commissioned in 1550 by Süleyman the Magnificent, this impressive mosque has been around for more than 450 years but it looks like it was built only yesterday. It was basically restored after it had suffered a lot of damages caused by fire and earthquake in 1660 and 1766 respectively.

The Süleymaniye Mosque is by far the most beautiful mosque I’ve seen. Though it doesn’t have a lot of elaborate ornaments like the Blue Mosque, it sure has its own charm and air of magnificence.

It’s clean and beautiful and well kept. I especially love the terrace overlooking the Golden Horn just behind mosque. There’s also a pretty mini garden behind the tomb of Süleyman the Magnificent.

Admission is free. Please observe proper clothing when entering the mosque. Once you’re done marveling, there are plenty of cafes nearby where you can have some Turkish tea/çay (pronounced as chai) and some baklava. Sean and I particularly chose the one with a beautiful view of the Bosphorus called Mimar Sinan Cafe.

Suleymaniye Mosque

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