Sultan Mosque

İzmir & the North Aegean

Commissioned by Ayşe Hafsa Sultan, the wife of Sultan Selim I and mother of Süleyman the Magnificent, this mosque was built in 1522 and is part of a complex that originally consisted of a medrese (seminary), bimarhane (mental hospital), mektep (primary school) and hamam. The hamam is still functioning, the bimarhane houses the Medical History Museum and the mektep houses a cafe.

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1. Medical History Museum

0.06 MILES

Tracing the history of medicine across the globe, this ambitious museum in the grounds of the Sultan Mosque occupies a handsome bimarhane (mental hospital…

2. Muradiye Mosque


The architectural genius of Mimar Sinan is well and truly on show at this exquisite mosque, which was commissioned by Sultan Murat III and constructed…

3. Kordon

19.46 MILES

It’s difficult to imagine life in İzmir without its iconic seafront kordon (promenade), which stretches north from Cumhuriyet Meydanı to Alsancak and…

4. İzmir Mask Museum

19.62 MILES

Tucked away in an old house on a street filled with bars, this little museum spread over three floors has an esoteric collection of ceremonial and…

5. Atatürk Museum

19.66 MILES

Built as a carpet merchant's residence between 1875 and 1880, this stately white building ended up in state hands after the shocking events of September…

6. Kültürpark

19.72 MILES

The 1922 fire destroyed much of the town centre between Alsancak and Basmane, which had been a Greek neighbourhood for centuries. Today the area contains…

7. Parachute Tower

19.88 MILES

This huge, ugly and largely disused fairground attraction is a handy navigational aid when exploring the Kültürpark.

8. İzmir Museum of History & Art

19.96 MILES

This museum is overlooked by many visitors to the city, who do themselves a great disservice in the process. Spread over three pavilions, it is one of the…