The Suleymaniye Complex Istanbul
ConstructionConstruction began in 1550 and took seven years to build.
DimensionsThe mosque is 59m long x 58m wide and the main dome is 53m high with a diameter of over 27m.
Accessing the ComplexThe grounds of the mosque are reached via “the market of the addicts” (Tiryaki Bazaar or Tiryaki Carsisi) so called because of the coffee houses there served hashish to either smoke there or take away and whose rents paid for the upkeep of the foundations.
Attractions in Suleymaniye Complex
Suleymaniye LibraryBehind here is the Suleymaniye Library housing books from the reigns of six different sultans (access to the public of these is on microfilm only) and also has a book restoration department.
Tomb of Mimar SinanNearby is the Tomb of Mimar Sinan which was built on where the architect’s house was sited during the construction of the mosque.
Other AttractionsAlong with the prayer hall (mosque) and courtyard (avlu) the complex includes a kervansaray (hotel), a public kitchen (imaret) which served food to the poor and is now a restaurant, a hospital, a Koran school (medrese) and a bath-house (hamam), also built by Sinan and where he bathed from 1557 to 1588. In the adjacent cemetery gardens behind the mosque are the beautiful and elaborate tombs of Suleyman and his Sultana Roxelana.
LocationThe Suleymaniye Mosque is located in Eminonu .
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