Süleymaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye Mosque

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Süleymaniye Caddesi, Istanbul, , Turkey

One of the great achievements of Ottoman imperial architecture (it was built by the legendary Ottoman architect Sinan), this stunning 16th-century mosque complex encompasses a hospital, primary school, caravansary, four Koran schools, a medical college, a public kitchen, and the mausoleum that contains the tomb of Süleyman the Magnificent (and his conniving wife, Roxelana). Fascinatingly, the property also contains the only coed traditional hammam in the city, so it’s perfect for couples. (How a nearly naked steam bath and glorified massage parlor are doctrinally compatible with a mosque is anyone’s guess, but locals seem to be fine with it: that’s Istanbul for you.)

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