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Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)

Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)

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Free admission
Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar Cd. No:1,Süleymaniye Mah

The Basics

Located in Istanbul’s historical and bustling Fatih neighborhood, Süleymaniye Mosque is part of a larger complex of historical buildings that include a religious school and the mausoleums of sultans. The lofty interior of the mosque is decorated with Iznik tiles and colorful carpets, and its four minarets punctuate the skyline.

Some small-group and private walking tours combine a visit to Süleymaniye Mosque with other Ottoman mosques nearby, including Selimiye Mosque and the Blue Mosque, or with the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Excellent tour
Neha_M, Jul 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
Absolutely loved the tour. I was with my parents and Erol was extremely patient and explained everything in detail. His vast knowledge was immediately evident. He set the pace according to his clients. I would highly recommend him.
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definitely worth is
sadia, Dec 2020
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
My tourguide was very helpful and brought a headscarf for the mosques and sanitiser. The sites were gorgeous and we did a tea tasting in the end which was fun.
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Awesome Old City Tour!
Sean_S, Sep 2020
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
We highly recommend this tour. Erol was very informative and was able to answer all of our questions. I would recommend anyone traveling to Istanbul to experience this half-day tour.
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Amazing Experience
Gerald L, Sep 2019
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
Erol was fantastic!! Visited the beautiful city of Istanbul together with my wife for honeymoon. Erol knowledge about Istanbul provided us with a very interesting insights on the various history and culture of the city. We highly recommend anyone who is visiting the city to try and do this on the first day. He also provided us with lots of pro tips to find the best food and places. 5 stars for sure!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The mosque is closed to visitors during prayer times.

  • Süleymaniye Mosque is a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

  • Prayer times are longer on Fridays, so the mosque will be closed for more of the day. Make sure to check on any Muslim and Turkish holidays, as that can also affect opening hours.

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How to Get There

Süleymaniye Mosque is uphill from the Eminonu tram stop, and is also accessible from the Beyazit tram stop. There are also various public buses that stop near Süleymaniye Mosque. The easiest way to reach Süleymaniye Mosque directly is by taxi. Skip the hassle of arranging your arrival with an Istanbul tour that includes round-trip transport.

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When to Get There

Süleymaniye Mosque is less crowded than Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, so most times of day are calm for visiting. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims during prayer times, which are listed in front of the mosque and can also be found online.

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Visiting an Active Mosque in Istanbul

Visitors to Turkey’s mosques are required to dress appropriately. Women must cover their head, shoulders, and knees, while men should make sure their shoulders and knees are covered. Bring along a scarf for convenience, though headscarves are provided at the door. Wear a long skirt or pants and a short-sleeve shirt, and make sure to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

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