Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Mosque

767o – Suleymaniye Mosque

28 Sep , 2016  

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

We make our way to this super mosque, a very spiritual place built in the mid 16th century and commissioned by Suleyman the Magnificent. The complex was designed by Suleyman’s Imperial architect Sinan. It is a soaring space, airy, but calming and very moving. Chat to one of the mosque volunteers and ask him questions about the size of the congregation and the call to prayer synchronization of the mosques near our hotel. After looking around the courtyard  and around the terracing to enjoy the views, we have a look around the graveyard and in the beautiful tombs of Suleyman and his favourite wife Roxelana. Really enjoy visiting this most historic of mosques.

We head down tot he Eminonu key side to work out ferry options for the next day, although confusing and busy. Pleased to get back to our hotel and chill o the rooftop terrace for the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the sunshine, call to prayers (taking it in turns, it seems as if they are calling to each other, very moving and uplifting) and super views.

We eat at a local bar called Sofa; we sit outside on the street enjoying happy hour drinks. A very relaxing evening.

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