Süleymaniye Mosque is located in the Vefa district of Istanbul, Turkey. Built 1550-57 for Ottoman Sultan Süleyman by the famous architect Sinan.
A complex with caravanserai, hospital and medical college, islamic highschool, baths, a public soap kitchen and the tomb of the architect Sinan was built near Süleymaniye Mosque. In the garden are different mausoleums, including the tomb of Sultan Süleyman and the tomb of his wife Roxelana.
During 16th century under the reign of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman, known in Turkey as Kanuni Sultan Süleyman and in Europe as Suleyman the Magnificent, the military, political, economic and cultural power of the Ottoman Empire was growing.
Sultan Süleyman became famous for the reconstruction of the Ottoman law, the conquests of Rhodos, on the Balkan and in the Middle East and for his support of art and architecture. His wife Roxelana (Hürrem Sultan) is wellknown because of her intrigues and power over the Sultan. Their son Selim II. became Ottoman Sultan after Süleymans death 1566.
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