The Great Mosques of Istanbul

Istanbul is famous for its Great Mosques. As the capital of the Ottoman Empire since 1453 and the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is home to over 3000 mosques. Here are 4 of the most important mosques to see in a day Tour with us, based on their architectural character and historical context. 


-Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)

The Blue Mosque is one of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul and a historical sight you shouldn’t miss. It dominates the city skyline and the majority of tourists’ photos. However, it’s not only a tourist attraction but an active religious building as well! Let’s find out how this breathtaking mosque came into being.

-Suleymaniye Mosque (The Magnificent)

Süleymaniye Mosque, which is one of the important lines of Istanbul silhouette, was got constructed by Kanuni Sultan Süleyman between the years of 1551-1558.

-Eyup Sultan Mosque

Being the first mosque built after the conquest of Istanbul, the great Mosque of Eyüp lies outside the city walls in Eyüp district. It is located near the Golden Horn, at the supposed place where Eyüp, the standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammed, died in the Islamic assault on Constantinople in 670. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, who hosted the Prophet Muhammad in his house when he moved from Mecca to Medina, is supposed to be entombed in it. Even though today this mosque has gained significant importance and is considered as the second place of pilgrimage for Muslims after Mecca, it does not serve as a real pilgrimage place in Islam.

-Fatih Mosque

The Fatih Mosque (Turkish: Fatih Camii, “Conqueror’s Mosque” in English) designed by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II to commemorate his conquest of Constantinople, is the sanctuary and central building of the imperial complex. It is an Ottoman mosque in Istanbul’s Fatih district, Turkey. The original mosque on the site was built on the site of the Holy Apostles’ Church between 1463 and 1470. His tomb is behind the mosque and is invariably packed with worshipers; Mehmed wanted to be buried here as well. The mosque was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1766 and was reconstructed to a new style in 1771. It is one of Istanbul’s greatest examples of Ottoman-Islamic architecture and represents a significant stage in the growth of Ottoman classical architecture.

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