Suleymaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye Mosque, the name of Süleyman I, was built by Mimar Sinan in Istanbul between 1551-1557. The Suleymaniye Mosque, which is considered as the monumental work of the architect Sinan, was built as part of the Süleymaniye Complex, consisting of medresses, a library, a hospital, a mosque, hamam, imaret, hazire and shops.

Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the most important examples of Classical Ottoman Architecture. Despite the earthquake in Istanbul, there is not a slight crack in the walls of the glass. The dome of the glass sitting on four elephant feet is 53 m. It is 27.5 m in diameter. This main dome is supported by two half domes, as seen in Hagia Sophia. There are 32 windows in the dome. There are minarets on the four corners of the mosque courtyard. Two of these minarets adjoin the basement are three-pronged and 76 m. The other two minarets on the corner of the entry ceiling wall on the northern edge of the mosque’s courtyard are two-tiered and 56 m. in height. The mosque has been constructed in accordance with the air flow that will clean the oil lamps inside. The mosque has been constructed to create an air current in the mosque that allows the oil lamps to be collected at a single point. The works from the glass are collected in the room above the main entrance door and these are used for making ink. There is a rectangular fountain in the middle of the mosque courtyard, surrounded by 28 elephants, main and supporting dome supported by elephant feet. On the side of the chapel of the glass, there is a junior where Kanuni Sultan Süleyman and his wife Hürrem Sultan are present. In order to give the image of the sky featuring the domed stars of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman’s turban, it was adorned with diamonds (diamonds) placed between the metal plates.

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