Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Faith, İstanbul, Turkey 

Built in the 1560s, the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque Complex in Edirnekapı was commissioned by the famous Ottoman sultan Süleyman I for his favorite daughter Princess Mihrimah.

The structure was built by talented chief architect Mimar Sinan and similar to other Ottoman imperial mosques, this structure was built as a mosque complex including a madrasa (religous high school), hamam, tomb, and a row of shops underneath the mosque.

Other important structures built by Mimar Sinan are Süleymaniye Mosque Complex, Rüstem Paşa Mosque, Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque Complex, and many others. Unfortunately, shops are not surviving. In terms of architecture, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapı is unique, because the whole mosque is covered with a monumental dome 37 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter. In addition, the surface area of the mosque is decorated with hundreds of windows and these characteristics of the mosque make it one of the brightest Ottoman mosques.

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