Mosques Walking Tour, Istanbul

Istanbul has been a center of Islam for over half a millennium. Add to the fact that it was always growing in population and wealth, and we have the reason why there are so many dazzling mosques in the city.
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Mosques Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Mosques Walking Tour
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul (See other walking tours in Istanbul)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Author: kane
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Yavuz Selim Mosque

1) Yavuz Selim Mosque

The Yavuz Selim mosque is an Ottoman Imperial mosque. The mosque is also called the “Selim I Mosque”. It is located on top of the fifth hill of Istanbul, and overlooks the Golden Horn. This mosque is the second oldest imperial mosque in Istanbul, and it was completed in 1522.

The Yavuz Selim Mosque was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan, “Suleiman the Magnificent” and was constructed by the Imperial Architect of that time. Many scholars say it was built by the celebrated Imperial...   view more
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Gül Mosque

2) Gül Mosque

Gul Mosque means “The Mosque of the Rose”. This famous mosque is present in the district of Fatih, in the Ayakapi (Gate of the Saint) neighborhood in Istanbul, overlooking the Golden Horn.

Originally known as “the Church of St Theodosia” the Gul Mosque was a former Eastern Orthodox Church in Constantinople. It was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans during the 14th century. The Gul Mosque is one of the most important religious Byzantine structures, predating the Ottoman rule in...   view more
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Fatih Mosque

3) Fatih Mosque (must see)

The Fatih Camii (“Conqueror’s Mosque”) is one of the largest examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Istanbul and was built over the original site of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Constructed during 1462- 1470 by Sultan Fatih Mehmet (Mehmet the Conqueror), the Fatih Mosque is distinct in its construction. It consists of a hospital, a caravansary, kitchens, a marketplace and several hammams (Turkish baths). The mosque also houses a madrassah (Islamic school) which can accommodate...   view more
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Şehzade Mosque

4) Şehzade Mosque

The Şehzade Cammi translates to the Prince Mosque from the Turkish language. This is an Ottoman Imperial mosque located in the Fatih district in Istanbul.

Sultan Suleiman I commissioned the mosque in memory of his son, Prince Mehmet, who died at the age of 21 of small pox. Hence the name of the mosque - Sehzade, or Prince. It was completed in 1548, and was the first major commission of the Imperial Architect Mimar Sinan. The mosque is still considered by historians as the first masterpiece...   view more
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Bodrum Mosque

5) Bodrum Mosque

Formally known as “The Church of the Monastery of Myrelaion” or “The Place of Myrrah”, the Bodrum Mosque used to be a cross-in-square designed church in Istanbul. Bodrum translates as “basement” from Turkish, and this probably refers to the crypt that is still present beneath the mosque. The church was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Grand Vizier, Mesih Pasa, in 1500.

The mosque was damaged by fire in 1784 and 1911 and it was also abandoned for some time, until the Istanbul...   view more
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Bayezid II Mosque

6) Bayezid II Mosque

The Bayezid Mosque is an Ottoman Imperial Mosque located near the ruins of the Forum of Theodosius, at the Bayezid Square in Istanbul.

Commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan, Bayezid II, it was one of the largest mosque complexes to be erected after the conquest of Istanbul. The mosque complex consists of a madrassah (Islamic school) an imaret (public kitchen), shops and also a hammam (Turkish bath). The mosque’s architecture is that of the classic Ottoman style and unlike the Fatih Mosque,...   view more
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Süleymaniye Mosque

7) Süleymaniye Mosque (must see)

Built by Suleiman “The Magnificent” and the famous Imperial Architect Mimar Sinan in 1557, the Süleymaniye Mosque is modeled in part on the Hagia Sofia, and in part on a Byzantine Basilica, in order to reflect the grandeur of the city’s past architectural monuments.

In 1660, the Süleymaniye Mosque was ravaged by fire and was restored by Mehmet IV. Unfortunately, restoration work has changed the mosque into a baroque-style structure and ruined the original architecture. The mosque has...   view more
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Rüstem Pasha Mosque

8) Rüstem Pasha Mosque (must see)

Built during 1561-63 and located in Eminonu, Istanbul, this is an Imperial Ottoman mosque of great significance. It was designed by the famed Imperial Architect Mimar Sinan for the Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha, husband of Princess Mihrimah, daughter of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman “the Magnificent”.

The mosque has a large number of Iznik tiles (decorated ceramic tiles) that make it distinct from others. They are set in many floral and geometric patterns that cover not only the...   view more
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Blue Mosque

9) Blue Mosque (must see)

One of the most frequently visited and famous tourist spots in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque – popularly known as the “Blue Mosque” due to the blue tiles that adorn the walls of its interior – was built between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of Ahmed the First. It contains a tomb of the Sultan, a madrassah (religious school) and also a hospice. Despite being a very famous tourist attraction, it still functions as a mosque, and a call for prayer (azaan) still draws the faithful to its...   view more

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