Built by the architect named Sinan during the Ottoman Empire reign, it is one of the greatest structures in Istanbul. It was built in a mere eight years. This mosque has four minarets as it was only allowed for a sultan to construct four.
The grounds are well kept which contributes to its peaceful atmosphere. In the backyard, the tombs of the Al-Sultan and his wife are situated. Other mausoleums include those of his daughter, mother and sister. Seeing as this is an active mosque, not only for tourist purposes, you definitely get a personal feel for the place. Some consider the interior to be simpler, which allows the eye to understand the proportions, and the harmony of it all coming together shines through.
The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are usually extremely crowded, which doesn’t allow a person to be quiet and at ease to explore the building elements of these enormous structures. The Suleymaniye Mosque however, offers that quietness.
The digital clocks that keep track of the prayer times have become a center piece in this particular mosque. Although it is closed during the five prayers each day, Muslim worshippers are welcome to take part in it, but female tourists will not be able to stay in the area where men pray.
The Suleymaniye Mosque is situated near the Grand Bazaar so in the event of reaching it before or during prayer times, it wouldn’t be a waste to walk to the bazaar and return after the prayers are over. Seeing as it is an active mosque, no entrance fees are charged. Men and women are required to remove their shoes when entering and all visitors will have to wear modest attire as it is a holy place.