Suleiman Mosque, Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey
The Suleiman Mosque is a grand 16th-century mosque in Istanbul built by Suleiman the Magnificent.
The Suleiman Mosque was built on the order of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557.
The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city’s past.
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