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Süleymaniye Mosque

One of the finest creations of the Ottoman Empire’s greatest architect, Sinan, Süleymaniye Camii was built in 1550–57 for Süleyman I. He established this magnificent hilltop mosque as a charitable foundation (külliye) as well as a place of worship – and it stands in a vast complex that includes medreses, a hamam, a hospital and a caravanserai. The mosque’s towering dome and minarets dominate the skyline in a matchless display of imperial power, while its delicate calligraphy, stained-glass windows and decorative carvings add a lightness of touch. Süleyman and his wife Roxelana are buried in tombs in the courtyard.

1. Sinan’s Tomb ...

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