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Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque

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Address: Sehit Cosmesi Sok, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

This l6th-century mosque, built on the slope of a hill near Sultanahmet, is...

This l6th-century mosque, built on the slope of a hill near Sultanahmet, is one of the most beautiful examples of classical Turkish architecture in the city. Of special interest are the prayer niches and pulpit, which are covered in lovely Iznik tiles.

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Another mosque we could not see

This was built in 1571-72 by Sinan for the vizier of Suleyman, Selim II and Murat III. Freely considers it to be the grandest of all of the vizieral mosques, even surpassing that... read more

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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was built in 1571-72 by Sinan for the vizier of Suleyman, Selim II and Murat III. Freely considers it to be the grandest of all of the vizieral mosques, even surpassing that of Rüstem Paşa. I can't comment since we arrived at prayer time, an, short of time, could only photograph the exterior. It is easy enough to find,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Our first visit was way back, however, we visited it again and again, appreciating it every time, last time 2015

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Katerini, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

As i was leaving my hotel the sultan house situated at the Atmeydani my husband and i decided to take the road leading to the kadirga area but not passing through the hippodrome.As we were alking down the street we stumbled upon the mosque without knowing who it belonged to until we read it...Its a bit forgotten i must say... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

We went here two mornings during a recent stay in Istanbul. The mosque was closed each time, with no opening hours posted. But at least we got to see some more of the work done by the great architect Sinan, who designed the complex in 1571. His strategy for dealing with the steep hill site works. He fronted the mosque... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 22 December 2015

This ottoman mosque was built by Mimar Sinan, the great imperial architect, for the grand vizier Sokollu Mehemet Pasa, brother in law to Soleiman the Magnificent and was completed in 1571. The mosque is rather well renowned for its architecturally challenging location on a steep slope. Sinan resolved this issue by fronting the mosque with a two-story courtyard. The level... More 

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Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

I went there with my family for an evening prayer (aksham) and we were quite impressed. A beautiful and dignified mosque in the old part of town. Not small at all, but looks like a scaled-down version of the Blue mosque. Considering that a grand vizier Mehmed-pasha Sokolovic (originally from Bosnia) had built it (and not the sultan), it has... More 

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Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

This was my second visit to this mosque, and once again I was blown away how buitiful it is. It is a little bit hard to find for the first time, but it is definitely worth visiting. Streets around it are full of local shops that are also great to visit (with prices beloe the one on the Great bazar... More 

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Washington DC
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Reviewed 24 March 2015

This small mosque about 2 blocks north of the Spice Bazaar is worth a visit. It is surrounded by narrow cobbled streets filled with a variety of household goods spilling out from the various shops and packed with local shoppers the day we visited. The mosque is one level above the street and hemmed in by the shops so visitors... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 23 March 2015

This great mosque is situated in the lanes of Kadirga area near the Blue Mosque and is really worth of visiting it! You should come after noon, otherwise it could be closed. It has beautiful interiors, decorated with Iznik tiles and its stained glasses give the heavingly blue lights! It also has rare Kaaba of Mecca Black Stone fragments, sacred... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 24 December 2014

I've been 3 times to see this masterpiece by Sinan - and have yet to manage to get there when it is open. No hours posted. young men playing soccer in the (absolutely perfectly beautiful) courtyard of the attached medrasa completely ignorant of when it might open (but eager to scold a disappointed German tourist who stepped near entrance without... More 

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