The New Mosque (Yeni Cami), The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and like many famous mosques in Turkey it was designed by the chief Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan.
The imposing mosque was built on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1550. Sinan completed the mosque and the large complex surrounding it in 1557.
The tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent can be found in the complex.
In the next set of photos, you can see The New Mosque (Yeni Cami). The construction of the mosque began in 1597 and it was completed in 1663. This gives a whole new meaning to the word new, right? The New Mosque is located in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, near the Spice Bazaar.
Next we have the historical mosque, Blue Mosque, known as SultanAhmet Mosque in Turkish, after the Ottoman sultan Ahmet I who had it built from 1609 to 1616.
It was dubbed Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles in its interior.
And in the last two pictures, you can see the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox church and it was converted to a mosque in 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire.
The New Mosque (Yeni Cami)
The Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia Mosque