Exploring Istanbul — The Suleyman Mosque

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. 


2 Renee September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks, Lauren!


3 elaine September 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

amazing photos renee! it’s stunning.


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.


5 Betti September 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the pictures. Beautiful colors … Betti


6 Renee September 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

Thank you, Betti.


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. 


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!


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.


10 Renee September 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

Cheers, Jenn.


11 Renee September 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Cheers, Jenn.


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