Istanbul guided private tours – An architectural masterpiece built in just 7 years
Istanbul guided private tours will take you to this architectural masterpiece created by a genius architect and a forward-looking sultan – Mimar Sinan and Suleyman the Magnificent. It inspires with its simplicity, peacefulness and serenity. The fourth imperial mosque built in Istanbul. Not the largest of the Ottoman mosques, but certainly the grandest. The Suleymaniye Mosque is a miracle worth seeing.
Perched on one of the seven hills of Istanbul and dominating the Golden Horn; the Suleymaniye Mosque provides an amazing view of the entire city and becomes a favourite mosque.
The Suleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 by the most famous and talented of all imperial architects, Mimar Sinan. In its shape it is reminiscent of Hagia Sophia, that being an inspiration for the architect Sinan. The Suleymaniye Mosque covers an area of nearly 15 acres and its dome with a dimension of 26.5 m is the second biggest dome after the dome of Hagia Sophia. It is here that Mimar Sinan achieves his goal of outdoing the dome of the Hagia Sophia. The bricks for the dome were specially designed in order to be light and 255 pots were placed between them to keep the echo in the mosque. It was Sinan who stated to Suleyman the Magnificent ‘… that during the Doomsday, the minaret of this mosque will not demolish but roll like a ball…’