Sokullu Kadirga Mosque, İstanbul

Comissioned by grand vizier Sokollu Mehmet Pasa (1506-1579) for his wife Ismihan Sultan, daughter of Selim II (1566-1574), the Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Complex at Kadirga was built by Sinan simultaneously with the Selim II Complex in Edirne. Most probably, Sinan designed the mosque before moving to Edirne and returned periodically to supervise construction. The four…

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The Mihrimah Mosque, Istanbul

Built near the walls of the old city entrance and standing on one of the highest hills of Istanbul, this mosque in Edirnekapi is the second mosque in Istanbul built for Mihrimah Sultan. Commissioned by her father, Süleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566), it was designed and built by Sinan and completed between 1562-1565. The Mihrimah Sultan…

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The Azapkapi Mosque, Istanbul

The Sokollu Mehmed Pasa Mosque is located along the shores of the Golden Horn, at the foot of the Unkapani Bridge, in Azapkapi, Istanbul. It was originally commissioned by Sokollu Mehmed, the Grand Vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent and Selim the Second, and was constructed by Mimar Sinan from 1577 – 1578 (985 AH). It…

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The Yeni Mosque, Istanbul

The Yeni Valide Mosque, more widely known as the Yeni or new mosque, is located adjoining the harbor on the southern bank of the Golden Horn, at the foot of the bridge connecting the historic peninsula with Karaköy to the north. Began in 1597 by Safiye Sultan, the mother of Mehmed III (1595-1603) and completed…

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Beyazit II Mosque, Istanbul

This is the second biggest mosque complex erected in Istanbul that you will see on your Istanbul Tours. (The biggest one is “Fatih Complex” which was built for Fatih Sultan Mehmed II, the Conquerer). Built in 1501-06, this was the second great mosque complex to be founded in the city. The first, the Fatih Mosque,…

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Hamidiye Mosque, Istanbul

Hamidiye Mosque, was built by the Architect Sarkis Balyan by the order of Sultan Abdülhamit II between 1885 and 1886 in a road by Yıldız Palace in Barbaros Boulevard. It is a very special example of Ottoman architecture with its portal and unique dome position. Sultan Abdülhamit II drew up the plan is said. The…

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Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

The Ortakoy Mosque is situated on the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square in the Beşiktaş District, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus. The mosque was built on the order of Abdulmecid (1839-1861), the ruler of the Ottoman Empire, and was constructed by the Nigoğos Balyan in 1853. It was during the…

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Nusretiye Mosque, Istanbul

The Nusretiye Mosque was erected between 1823 and 1826 by Mahmud II (1784-1839) as part of a larger project to rebuild the Tophane artillery barracks that burnt in the Firuzaga fire. It is located off the Western shore of the Bosphorus, below Tophane or the Canon Foundry established by Mehmed II (1432-1481) and was built…

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Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Istanbul

The Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, is the central element of the complex built by Ahmed I (1603-1617) and was completed after the sultan’s death in 1617. Its architect is Mehmed Aga (d.1622), whose epithet “Sedefkar” refers to his mastery in mother-of-pearl. The mosque is considered to be the last example of Ottoman…

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Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

The Suleymaniye Mosque at one’s first glance there are two things that are particularly remarkable in the ancient monuments of the Ottomans: the choice of the site and the perfect unity of the whole. Whether or not it is in a ra~sed place, the site always has a view of vast open spaces and however…

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