Şehzade Mehmet Mosque

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Şehzade Mehmet Mosque information

Istanbul , Turkey
Street Şehzadebaşı Caddesi, Kalenderhane
Getting there
tram Aksaray
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Lonely Planet review

Süleyman the Magnificent built this mosque between 1543 and 1548 as a memorial to his son, Mehmet, who died of smallpox in 1543 at the age of 22. It was the first important mosque to be designed by Mimar Sinan. Although not one of his best works, it has a lovely setting, two beautiful minarets and attractive exterior decoration.

Among the many important people buried in tile-encrusted tombs here are Prince Mehmet, his brothers and sisters, and Süleyman's grand viziers, Rüstem Paşa and İbrahim Paşa.