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Istanbul: Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul & the Ottomans

Product ID: 127046
Travel back to the days of Ottoman Istanbul on a 2-hour guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque and the neighbourhood. Discover the life of the Ottomans during the 16th century and learn about the traditions of the mosque and Islam.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Discover Suleymaniye neighbourhood with your local guide
  • Learn about life back in the 16th century Ottoman Istanbul
  • Listen to stories of Suleyman the Magnificent
  • Compare the royal Ottoman family to the European monarchs and find out the similarities
  • Find out the basics of Islam and traditions of visiting the mosques
  • Hear fascinating stories about Sinan - the sultan's architect
Full description
Meet at a cafe just opposite the Suleymaniye Mosque which stands in contrast against the modern buildings of Istanbul. This is Mimar Sinan’s Suleymaniye Mosque built in the classical Ottoman style and is still evocative of the power and splendor of its past.

Enjoy a comprehensive 2-hour guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque and its complimentary buildings with a professional guide. Afterwards, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views over Istanbul and get tips for a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.

End the tour with a cup of Turkish tea and talk about Suleyman the Magnificent and the royal Ottoman family's life in the 16th century. 

 
Includes
  • Professional local guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum of 12 people)
  • Walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Transport to the site

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the small restaurant called Kurucu Ali Baba Kanaat Lokantası just opposite the Suleymaniye Mosque.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• All women must wear a scarf and follow a dress code for a mosque ( similar to Vatican dress code)
• Tour is scheduled apart from the praying hours
• All participants will take off their shoes and carry their shoes in a plastic bag
• Carpets cover the floor inside the mosque
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Interesting and informative

We really enjoyed this tour and learnt a lot about the history of the Suleymaniye mosque and the Ottoman ruler. We started the tour in the surroundings of the mosque then finished up inside. Our guide Cetin was friendly and easy to get along with and happy to answer any questions we had. Thanks Centin for a great time! We'll definitely recommend your tour to others. Also, with the Blue Mosque currently closed to renovations this tour makes a great alternative.

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6 December 2018

Informative- fun- to recommend

It was my 1st guided tour in Istanbul although I come here as frequent traveller to 20 yrs. It was great! (I decided to book now even more tours with the tour provider). The tour guide was full of information and fun. As I was the only signed up person for this day I had the pleasure of a private tour. Thanks Duygu. I really enjoyed and I do recommend this tour. For me Sūlemaniye mosque is the most impressive and beautiful mosque of Istanbul.

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16 July 2018

Very informative!

Our guide gave us a great deal of history on the Ottoman Empire and Suleyman. We really enjoyed the tour.

10 October 2019

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Product ID: 127046