Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque is the most majestic of the imperial Ottoman mosques. Built in 1550 in honour of Suleiman the Magnificent, the tenth Ottoman Sultan. The Suleymaniye Mosque impresses as much by its extraordinary proportions as by the harmony of its architecture. The vast prayer hall is topped with 53-metre-high dome on four pillars. The light from the 138 windows makes the sumptuous stained glass and Iznik ceramics sparkle.
The structure was built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who sought to surpass the near by Byzantine 'Hagia Sophia' cathedral by giving Sultan Suleymaniye an architectural gem worthy of his reign.