View from Süleymaniye Camii

view of Beyoğlu from Süleymaniye camii (14) 1000x750Here is a view from the grounds of the Süleymaniye Mosque, which sits atop one of Istanbul’s seven hills. The view across the Halıç (or the Golden Horn) to Beyoğlu includes Galata Tower (upper right). This mosque, completed in 1557, is another work of master Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. To read more about Sultan Süleyman (the Magnificent), look here and here.

Mihrimah Sultan Camii (2)

Mihramah Sultan Camii (Edirnekapı) dome 1000x750

The Mihrimah Sultan mosque in Edirnekapı (in the Fatih district) is one of two mosques built for the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent. The other is in Üsküdar, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Both mosques were designed by Mimar Sinan, the master Ottoman architect. Note the large number of windows in this mosque. Read more in this earlier post. The exterior looks like this.

One of the interior windows looks like this:Mihramah Sultan Camii (Edirnekapı) window 300x508

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

Mihrimah Sultan Camii Üsküdar 500x667

Mihrimah Sultan Camii is in Üsküdar (a district of Istanbul on the Asian side). Another grand Ottoman mosque designed by Mimar Sinan, completed in 1548 (and recently restored). This is the first of two mosques built for Mihrimah Sultan (Ottoman princess, an interesting character in Ottoman history), daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent. More info here and here.