Exploring Istanbul — The Suleyman Mosque

by Renee on September 6, 2011

Ritual ablution before entering the Suleyman mosque

 

Scout’s turn

 

Clothing hooks above the faucets

 

Threshold worn down by centuries of worshipers

 

Love this stunning chandelier

 

Mosque carpet, patterned to help people position themselves efficiently when praying. The Süleyman mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 people at one time.

 

Central dome

 

Semi dome

 

Arch detail w/ Arabic calligraphy

 

Two visitors having a chat

 

View of the Galata tower from the side window

 

Cemetery out back

 

View of Asia and the Bosphorus from behind the Mosque

 

Keeping an eye on things

 

Empty courtyard at closing time

 

View of the mosque from the ferry to Kadaköy (across the Bosphorus)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren September 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Nice photos – I especially like the last one at night. 

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2 Renee September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks, Lauren!

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3 elaine September 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

amazing photos renee! it’s stunning.

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4 Renee September 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Why thank you, Elaine. The mosque was designed by Sinan, the Ottoman empire’s greatest architect. It’s now clear to me why he deserves that title.

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5 Betti September 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the pictures. Beautiful colors … Betti

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6 Renee September 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

Thank you, Betti.

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7 Turkey's For Life September 9, 2011 at 7:14 am

I prefer to visit Süleymaniye over Sultanahmet. It was closed for restoration when we were there last year so I’m looking forward to going there again this time. It’s more peaceful up there and I love the views of the Bosphorus from the gardens. Great photos, by the way. 
Julia

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8 Renee September 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks, Julia. Mark and I both agree with your preference for Suleiman. The Blue Mosque is lovely, but Suleiman seems like better overall design. And yes, that view is a stunner!

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9 Athomeintheworld6 September 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

Great photos! You sure captured the place. My favourite one is the last shot with the mosque lit up at dusk.

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10 Renee September 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

Cheers, Jenn.

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11 Renee September 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Cheers, Jenn.

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