Suleymaniye Mosque

Built by the greatest known architect of the Ottoman Empire – Sinan, between 1550 -1557, Suleymaniye Mosque stands as undoubtedly his greatest work in Istanbul. Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, who enjoyed the longest reign in the Ottoman Empire, between 1520-1566, gave the order for its construction. The mosque also holds the tombs of the Sultan and his lover Hurrem Sultan (Birth name Aleksandra Lisowskabut known in Europe as Roxelana).