Built by architect Mimar Sinan and completed in 1557, peaceful Suleymaniye Mosque is a masterpiece of Ottoman design. The complex includes schools, kitchen, hospital, cemetery and the marble tombs of Sultan Suleyman and Sinan. Subtle stained-glass windows and Iznik tiles enhance the vast interior.
The Suleymaniye Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul, with its four slender minarets rising high above the red roofs of the old town. The minarets commemorate Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, the fourth Ottoman Emperor to rule from Istanbul. The mosque was built by his master architect, Sinan, the genius of 16th-century Ottoman design.