Süleymaniye Mosque, Süleymaniye Camii
Built during the rule of Sultan Süleyman – dubbed ‘The Magnificent’ in light of his prosperous 46-year reign – this mosque was constructed when the Ottoman Empire was at its military, economic and cultural height. As you pass through the avlu, or front courtyard, notice the four minarets rising up from each corner. These are said to represent the first four Caliphs of Islam as well as marking the fact that Süleyman was the fourth ruler of Istanbul since the Conquest in 1453. Inside the mosque is a vast and uninterrupted space inspired by the design of the Haghia Sophia and soaring up to 48 metres at the height of the main dome.
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