10 most beautiful mosques to visit in Turkey

Visiting the mosque for praying or just picturing, stunning religious buildings of Turkey can mesmerize anyone eyes. The beautiful architectural designs, calligraphy, and religious saying on the building inspire tourists to take at least one look at their structure, design, and glory.

Top 10 mosques to visit in Turkey

1. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque is a mesmerizing religious landmark located in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. It is a great place, especially for Muslims. Other tourists can also visit the complex, after or before the prayers timings.

After the peace agreement of Zsitvatorok, Sultan Ahmet I decided to build a religious building for his people. Sedefkar Mehmed Agha was the architect chosen for the task. The money required to build the building was taken from the treasury. The complex was completed in the year 1618.

It sits next to the Hagia Sophia museum located in the Ottoman capital, Istanbul. The tomb of Sultan Ahmet I one lies inside the Kulliye. Also located inside it a madrasa and a hospice.

2. Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque was built by Sultan Suleiman and architect by Mimar Sinan. The construction of the building was started in the year 1550 and completed in 1557. It is the second largest imperial mosque in the Istanbul City. It has four minarets, courtyard, and 10 galleries. The complex was designed as a Kulliye, religious-social structure where people can pray, learn, and live as students of the madrasas.

3. Yeni Cami or New Mosque

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It was commissioned to be built by Sufiya Sultana, wife of Murad III of the Ottoman Empire. Davut Aga was employed as the architect of the complex. It was named after the valide of the sultan Ahmed III. Construction of the work was completed by Sultana Turhan Hatic, mother of Sultan Mehmed IV. So the old name of the complex was changed to New Valide Sultan Mosque or Yeni Camii.

4. Mihrimah Mosque

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The Mihrimah religious complex is a prominent landmark in the Ottoman capital of Istanbul. Mimar Sinan was the architect of the building. Due to its located on the sixth hill of the city, people can see it easily. The complex was started in the year 1562 and completed in 1565. IT has a kulliye attached with the complex. Students from other cities come to the kulliye for religious study in the madrasa where they can also live until the completion of their studies.

5. Kocatepe Mosque

Kocatepe is another beautiful religious complex in Turkey, built in the year 1967. Husrev Tayla and M. Fatin Uluengin designed the complex. The complex has its influence from Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, and Sultan Ahmet Mosque in the Istanbul city. It is one of the beautiful mosques located in the city of Ankara.

6. Sabancı Mosque

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Sabancı mosque-complex is the largest in Turkey. It has the same architectural structural design as that of Selimiye mosque, located in Edrine. The complex has a total area of 566,000 square feet. Adana Religious society holds the usage right of the complex.

7. Selimiye Mosque

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The Selimiye Mosque was ordered to be built by Sultan Selim II. Mimar Sinan designed the architecture of the building. The work was started in the year 1569 and completed in 1575. It is considered by archaeologist as the masterpiece work of Mimar Sinan. In the complex there is a hospital, school, library, and public baths. It has four minarets, and four semi domes. It has influenced many other religious buildings in Turkey.

8. Bursa Grand Mosque

Ulu Cami or Grand mosque is located in the city Bursa. The building was commissioned to be built by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I in the year 1396. Ali Neccar was the architect of the building. It is one of the oldest mosques in Turkey.
It takes 3 years to complete the complex. The building was completed in the year 1399. Unlike other Ottoman buildings, it was built in Seljuk architectural design. It has 20 semi domes and 2 minarets.

9. Muğdat Mosque

A Mugdat mosque lies in the city of Mersin. It has its name from Muqdad ibn Aswad, early Sahabah of the prophet Muhammad (SA). 5500 people can pray inside the complex. The complex also has a library, a housing, and a nursery. There is a bazaar or market located in the basement of the complex.

10. Mersin Grand Mosque

Mersin Grand mosque lies near Ataturk Park, Akdeniz district of the city. The complex covers an area of 6400 square meters or 69000 square feet. It offers a praying capacity of 3000 people. It is the most outstanding religious complex in the city of Mersin. The parking area of the complex is located in the basement.

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