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Sultanahmet Blue Mosque

Most beautiful mosques in Istanbul.

There are many beautiful, historical and old mosques that must be seen in Istanbul. We have chosen the most beautiful of them for you.

Sultanahmet Blue Mosque; Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is known by everyone as the Blue Mosque due to its interior blue tiles. It is one of the most important mosques of Istanbul, opposite the Hagia Sophia. The mosque built between 1609-1616. Architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa is the student of the greatest architect Sinan.

Hagia Sophia Mosque and Museum; It is a former Byzantine church and a former Ottoman mosque. Now, one of the most important museums of Istanbul. Also, this is considered as a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture.

Süleymaniye Mosque; Süleymaniye Mosque is built on one of the highest hills of Istanbul between 1551-1557. This is one of the most important works of Mimar Sinan. This work transformed into magnificence like other works of Mimar Sinan. It described by Mimar Sinan as “my journeyman”. This is a complex, consisting of the Süleymaniye Mosque, madrasas, library, hospital, medical school, Turkish bath, imaret, treasury and shops.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque; Eyup Sultan Mosque is a very special and holy mosque for the Islamic world. The Eyüp Sultan is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so rever because it locate on the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari). He is a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed. He died during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678).

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque; The Fatih Mosque Complex (Fatih Camii ve Külliyesi) in Istanbul has a lovely interior like many Turkish mosques, but the primary importance of this mosque is its illustrious permanent resident, Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih Sultan Mehmet).

Nuruosmaniye Mosque; Nuruosmaniye Mosque started by Sultan Mahmud I in 1748. And completed by Sultan Osman III in 1755. It’s a typical Baroque and Rococo style mosque which is a very popular architecture of 1700’s within the Ottoman Empire. The mosque built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul by a Greek minority architect named Simeon and Mustafa Aga.

Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mecidiye Mosque; Built on the 18th century mosque. It is locate just before the Bosphorus Bridge. This mosque has to have one of the most picturesque settings of all of the Istanbul mosques. Because, Ortaköy Mosque photos, with the bridge the background are often used to demonstrate that particular Istanbul.

Rüstem Pasha Mosque; Rüstem Pasha Mosque is one of the works of the great Turkish architect Sinan. This mosque built by Grand Vizier Rüstempasha (1560). It is locate in Nalburlar Bazaar, near the Eminönü New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.

Bayezid Mosque; Built from 1500 to 1505 under Sultan Beyazid II, Beyazid Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Istanbul. It is located next to Istanbul University and the Grand Bazaar in the center of a large 16th-century complex that includes schools and other buildings.

Sehzadebasi Mosque; Süleyman the Magnificent built this square-shaped mosque between 1543 and 1548 as a memorial to his son Mehmet. Who died of smallpox in 1543 at the age of 22. It is the first important mosque to be designed by Mimar Sinan. And has a lovely garden setting, two double-balconied minarets and attractive exterior decoration.

Eminönü New Mosque; New Mosque, which means “yeni”, is one of the popular landmarks on the Eminonu coast. This is the mosque whose foundation laid in 1597 and completed in 1665 and opened. With its large courtyard and turquoise, blue and white Iznik tiles, the mosque is one of the places worth seeing.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque; Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque, the sultan to whom this mosque dedicated (Süleyman the Magnificent’s father). He did, however, lay the groundwork for his son’s imperial success and, to this day, Istanbul‘s love his mosque.

Dolmabahce Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque; Locate on the shore of Bosphorus in Dolmabahce. This Mosque has to have one of the most unique architecture among all of the Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. The mosque is commissioned by Bezmialem Valide Sultan in 1852, who is the mother of Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid I. Bezmialem Valide Sultan passed away in 1853 and the mosque  finished in 1855 with Abdülmecid I’s financial aid.

Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Mosque; Sokullu Mehmed Pasha Mosque designed by imperial architect Sinan. The mosque completed around 1571. It built on a steep slope. And feature an interesting two-story courtyard in front of the mosque. The bottom level of the courtyard consisted of shops whose rents would support the upkeep of the mosque. The complex included a madrassah and accommodations for the students. This mosque near the Sultanahmet square.

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque; There are two mosques same name for Mihrimah Sultan. One of the mosques is located at Edirnekapi, on the European side. And the other one at Üsküdar district on the Asian shores.

Atik Ali Pasha Mosque; Atik Ali Pasha Mosque is an old Ottoman mosque locate in the Cemberlitas. Its construction start under the orders of the future Grand Vizier Hadım Atik Ali Pasha in 1496. And it completed in 1497, during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II. The mosque is locate near the entrance to the Grand Bazaar, the Column of Constantine, and the historical Nuruosmaniye Mosque.

Corlulu Ali Pasha Mosque; Corlulu Ali Pasha Mosque is a historic location in the university neighborhood of Beyazit. And this is popular with students who still come to hang out here from the nearby universities. This is 300-year-old Medrese. This is a religious school and dervish lodge during the Ottoman times, before becoming a bustling bazaar area in the mid-20th century.

Tophane Nusretiye Mosque; Locate on the shore of Bosphorus in Tophane, the Nusretiye Mosque (the other name Tophane Mosque) has to have one of the most ornamented and decorated among all of the Istanbul mosques. It built in 1826. the Nusretiye Mosque is a very good example of the combination of Baroque and Empire architectural styles.

Murat Pasha Mosque; This uniquely striped mosque sits between Yusufpasa and Aksaray stations and built just 20 years after the fall of Constantinople in 1473. The interior of the mosque appears to be longer than the exterior and over the entrance is a superb calligraphy inscription made by Ali Sofi whose hand work can also be seen on the gateway in to Topkapi Palace.

Valide Sultan Mosque; Valide Sultan Mosque, locate in the Aksaray. Seen from the main road, the building’s Turkish Rococo marble work is an impressive and unexpected sight. Built in the late 19th century. This mosque has an eclectic mixture of styles and influences, from Baroque to North African to Gothic and Ottoman.

Ishak Pasha Mosque;  Ishakpasha Mosque, this late 15th-century mosque built by the grand vizier of the same name and renovated in 1951. At one end of Akbiyik Street is the small Ishak Pasha Mosque that dates back to 1482. It is one of the oldest mosques in the Istanbul. It built for Ishak Pasha who is the Grand Vizier to Mehmed II and Beyazid II.

Sümbül Efendi Mosque; Koca Mustafa Pasha Mosque is popularly known as Sümbül Efendi Mosque or Sümbül Tomb. Its official name is Pîr Yusuf Sümbül Sinan itsitânesi. It is a religious building from the Eastern Roman period in the Koca Mustafa Pasha district of Istanbul. The monastery works from the apostle named Hagios Andreas and Krisei, believed to impose Christianity on the Byzantine people.

Zeynep Sultan Mosque; Zeynep Sultan Mosque is built in 1769. By architect Mehmet Tahir Aga for Ahmed III’s daughter Zeynep Asime Sultan. It evokes Byzantine churches because of its architectural style and materials that were used in its construction.The mosque is on Alemdar Street in Istanbul, across the street from Gülhane Park, not far from the Hagia Sophia, and viewable from the tram that circulates the city.

Sinan Pasha Mosque; Sinan Pasha Mosque, built by famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1555. The Sinan Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in Besiktas. Sinan Pasha Mosque has another name, this is the Besiktas Mosque. Sinan Pasha is brother of Rüstem Pasha.

Iskender Pasha Mosque; It is on Fatih Vatan Street. II. One of the viziers of Bayezid is Iskender Pasha. He is the governor of Rumeli Beylerbeyi, twice vizier, and three times as governor of Bosnia.

Hirkai Serif Mosque;  It is built by Sultan Sultan Abdulmecid to preserve and visit the cardigan (Hirkai Sharif) that Muhammad gave to Veysel Karani. This mosque has a very important place in the religious folklore of Istanbul. Here is the place where the Cardigani Sharif is kept. This mosque built in 1851.

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