Besides Hagia Sophia, in Turkey there are many iconic historical buildings. One of them is Sulaimaniah Grand Mosque or Süleymaniye.
It is an Ottoman Imperial Mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. This is the second largest mosques in the city, and one of the most famous sights in Istanbul.
Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Sulaiman (Süleyman Agung) who was lucky to take advantage of mimar Sinan’s genius architectural talents.
Construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was completed in 1557. The construction of the Imperial Mosque played an important role in Istanbul’s dwindling repopulation after the Ottoman conquest in 1453.
This vast religious complex called Süleymaniye combines elements of Islamic and Byzantine architecture.
It combines tall and slender towers with large domed buildings supported by half domes in the style of the Byzantine church of Hagiq Sophia which the Ottomans converted into the Aya Sofya mosque
Süleymaniye’s design also plays on Suleyman’s self-conscious representation of himself as the ‘second Solomon’.
This refers to the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of The Temple of Solomon, as well as the pride of Justinian after the completion of the Hagia Sophia.
Süleymaniye, whose splendor is similar to that of the previous building, confirms the importance of Suleyman’s history. But the structure is smaller in size than the older archetype, Hagia Sophia.