The Süleymaniye Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, and one of the best-known sights of the city.
The Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman I (Süleyman the Magnificent) "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Sinan Pasha". The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558.
The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 27.5 meters. At the time it was built, the dome was the highest in the Ottoman Empire, when measured from sea level, but still lower from its base and smaller in diameter than that of Hagia Sophia.
Just outside the mosque walls to the north is the tomb of architect Sinan.