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The Loges of Sultan and Muezzin

The Sultan’s loge is on the left of mihrab and at the east corner of the mosque constructed over 8 columns by using valuable granite and marble. There is an entrance to Sultan’s loge from the near balcony and also from outside through a separate door. Formerly Sultan and those who were a...

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Graveyard

The graveyard of the Sülamaniye complex includes the mausoleums of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman and Hürram Sultan. It also has 518 gravestones of different properties and a mausoleum guard room.  Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Han Mausoleum: There are 7 more coffins inside this mausol...

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Main Columns

Decorated tiles were encountered around calligraphy panels on the two main columns  close to the Mihrap during investigative plaster removal. These tiles dated to the first construction period of the building.  This calligraphy panel belongs to AbdülfettahEfendi who lived between 1875...

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Main Dome Rim (2. Passage)

After the detailed survey works on the dome rim, research on the investigation layer by layer peeling works has started both on the archives and on site. These works revealed two more previous periods under the current surface.  1st layer has showed impressive ornamentation example from the Bar...

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Kanuni Sultan Süleyman's Coat of Arms

The coat of arms, which is done by chasing on canvas ornamentation technique, is a rare example reflecting the techniques and ornamentation specifications of the era. Its neck and bottom parts consist of ribs and sides connected with carnet technique.  This work is approximately 1, 30x0, 98cm. ...

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Articles and Inscriptions

The various articles at inside and outside of the mosque and the ones over the courtyard gates are products of large labor. They are the symbols of culture and understandings of values and art of those days. These articles are the valuable work of the famous calligraphists of the period, calligraphi...

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The Construction and Characteristics

The mosque is placed on one of the beautiful seven hills of the city and stays between the old department of Chief of staff (today’s Istanbul University buildings), and today’s office of Mufti. The Suleymaniye Mosque at the center has a plan close to a square, and again an inner court...

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History

SÜLEYMANİYE MOSQUE AND COMPLEX is a group of buildings, which were built between the years 1550-1557. The construction was commissioned to great Architect Sinan by the Sultan of the time  Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566).  The buildings represent the unification of art and politi...

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