This outstanding piece of architecture was built 1550-1557 by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan by the order of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificient. It’s dedicated to the sultan, hence called Suleymaniye Mosque. Standing on a hilltop of the ancient city over the Golden Horn, it contributes gracefully to the city’s skyline. The tombs of the Sultan, his wife Hürrem and Mimar Sinan are found within its compounds. It is the largest mosque of Istanbul with four distinguished minarets.