Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 3: The Sulaimaniye Mosque

The Sulaimaniye Mosque is located behind the Istanbul University and is also not on the usual 'packaged tourist itinerary' to Istanbul. The Sulaimaniye is a complex consisitng of a grand mosque, 7 medreses ( religious schools), the turbe (tombs) of Suleiman and his wife, Haseki Hurrem. It is recognised as one of the greatest achievement of the great Ottoman architect, Sinan, and was built to become a center of Islamic Higher Education. Sinan, himself was buried in a simple plot within the grounds of the complex.

the Sulaimaniye Mosque seen from within the campus of Istanbul University

below some pictures inside the mosque

taking the 'ablution' before prayer

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