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Mosques in Turkey

Few landmarks quite embody the majestic romance of Turkey as its many beautiful mosques.

Imperial Mosques in Istanbul

Istanbul has many imperial mosques decorating its skyline. While visiting this Imperial city which served as the capital for Ottoman Empire, visitors are surprised by the beauty and variety of its mosques.  Many people recommend you some particular mosques because of their fine architecture or their interior decorations.

The Blue Mosque

Located in ancient Hippodrome and faced to Saint Sophia church, the Blue Mosque is one of the majestic monuments of Istanbul. Built by young and talented architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I who wanted to fulfil the dream of his childhood.

Suleymanye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque crowns the third hill of old city and adds a great deal to the unrivalled beauty of the city's skyline. It was built by architect Sinan during the reign of Suleymn the Magnificent, the greatest of the Ottoman Sultans.

Rustempasa Mosque

It was built by the reputed architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasa, the son in law of Suleyman the Magnificent, ruling sultan of the period.

Yeni Cami

Located in the old Jewish Quarter of Istanbul, Yeni Cami was started by Sultan Mehmed VI who had certain difficulties during the construction.

Eyup district took its name from Eyup el Ensari who was the companion of Prophet Muhammad and standard bearer of Arabic Army. Eyup was killed by an arrow during the siege of Constantinople.

Mihrimah Mosque

Mihrimah Mosque, which is located on the 6th hill of old city, was built by great Ottoman architect Sinan for the daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent and remains one of Turkey’s finest mosques.

Arap Cami

Located in Karakoy district, Arab Camii is attributed to an Arabic general who besieged the city in he 8th century. Features of present day building is a church built during the Lain occupation of the city.

Nusretiye Mosque

Located in the district of Tophane, Nusretiye mosque represents the big difference in the Ottoman architecture. Instead of classical plan, we have Baroque style mosque with onion shaped weight towers and fine slender minarets.

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What to do in Turkey

Check out our guide on what to do and see in Turkey

We offer lots of advice on what to do in Istanbul and the other fine cities of Turkey.

The Archaeological Museums

The archaeological finds collected during the Ottoman centuries were first housed in the church of Saint Irene 1846. Present day collections are displayed in a new building located between Topkapi Palace and Gulhane Park. The Archaeological Museum houses one of the most fascinating collections in Istanbul.

Great Palace

The Mosaic Museum was established to house the remnant of one of the paving of the peristyle courtyards, excavated between the 1935 and 1954. Located in the vicinity of the Blue Mosque, The Mosaic Museum is a fascinating place where the visitors would enjoy the floor mosaics of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors.

Fine Arts Museum

Located at the Crown Prince Apartments of the Dolmabahce palace, The Museum of Turkish Painting and Sculpture was opened in 1937 following the orders Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the president of Turkish republic as first art museum of Turkey. The museum which was closed during the Second World War was reopened in 1951.

The Istanbul museum’s permanent collections contains the works of famous Turkish painters right from the beginning up to present day. The paintings of Military painters, a collection of Turkish painters graduated from European and Turkish Fine Arts Academies, Turkish impressionist, sculptures are among the works of art displayed in the Museum. One of the masterpieces of the museum is Osman Hamdi Beys work " gun merchant". The museum has paintings of Seker Ahmet Pasa, Osman hamdi Bey, Halil Pasa, Sevket dag, Ibrahim Calli, Avni lifij, Cemal Tollu, Elif Naci, Turgut Zaim and other well known Turkish Painters.

Istiklal Avenue

Istiklal Caddesi, which starts from the underground funicular and runs up to Taksim square was the major street of Pera. The importance of this street started in the 16th century with the arrival of European Embassies which built their own palaces, churches, post offices and functioning more or less independently from the Ottoman Authority. It’s a great sight for visitors to Turkey.

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