I'm interested in Islamic Heritage in Istanbul. I will go to Turkey next week. Could any one suggests to me any Islamic heritage...

...sites, buildings, mosques or etc. Thank you


Country: Turkey


Yes, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, and Süleymaniye Mosque Yenicami are very close to each other. Also I would like to invite you to Kutahya.
There are many great Islamic heritage sites in Istanbul from the Ottoman period. Suleymaniye mosque is under restoration, but I can recommend to visit Blue mosque, Sokullu mosque, Yeni mosque, Rustem pasha mosque, Eyup mosque, Yavuz Selim mosque. If you have time, you should also see Arab mosque and Bodrum mosque.

Besides the old mosques, I can recommend to visit Turkish and Islamic Arts museum in Sultanahmet and the Islamic Sciences and Technology museum at Gulhane.

You can find lots of info about Istanbul at or at

hi my friend
I suggest that when you come to istanbul,you have to see Blue Mosque and Museum of Islamic Art,then you can go Topkapi Palace, St Sophia Musuem & Golden Horn,Edirne, Selimiye Mosque and Yalova, Bursa, Grand Mosque if you want.
The most important place to visit is The Holly Relics Section which is into the Topkapı Palace Museum where you will see the personal belongings of PROPHET MOHAMMED
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The second place to visit is the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art which was built in 1524 by the Grand Vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent,Ibrahim Pasa,as his residence.It was the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. Today it holds a superb collection of ceramics,metalwork, miniatures, calligraphy, textiles,and woodwork as well as some of the oldest carpets in the world.
Next spot will the Imperial Sultanahmet Mosque;across from Hagia Sophia stands with six minarets,built between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Mehmet,the building is more familiarly known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior paneling of blue and white Iznik tiles.
Drive to Rustem Pasha Mosque: It was designed by Mimar Sinan("Sinan the Architect") for Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha (who married one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah). Its building took place from 1561 to 1563.The mosque is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles, set in beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, and columns.
Drive to Eyup where the first mosque built after the Ottoman conquest of the city, this greatly venerated shrine attracts many pilgrims.The great Mosque of Eyup which lies outside the city walls, near the Golden Horn, the standard bearer of the Prophet Mohammed, died in the Islamic assault on Constantinople in A.D. 670 will be your next spot.


As well as the well-known mosques in Istanbul, such as the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia, you should visit the museums for extensive examples of Islamic heritage, particularly the Topkapi Museum and the Islamic Arts Museum at this address: Ibrahim Pasha Sarayı, At Meydanı, Sultanahmet Eminönü İstanbul.
You should also visit a medrese - kind of like an Ottoman university - where the Turkish and Islamic arts are continued in workshops. You can see that the heritage is kept alive. Visit the Caferaga Medrese, also in Sultanahmet (closed on Mondays).
For a difference, I also recommend you visit the Shakirin Mosque in Uskudar, Istanbul. It's on the Asian side. It has just been completely restored using the designs of a Turkish woman architect. It's the first mosque in the world to be designed by a woman. The interior has been decorated by women using traditional Islamic Turkish art techniques, including an amazing glass chandelier by a woman glass-blower.
Just two hours outside of Istanbul is Hereke - famous for it's traditional silk rugs and weaving and also Iznik where the Islamic and Turkish art of ceramic tilemaking is still kept very much alive.
I have to remind you that aya sofia is not an islamic heritage
you should visit Bursa too( Bursa is so close city to İstanbul) you can visit lots of islamic place here. i can make free guiding in bursa at weekendz and i can help you to find cheap lace to stay.. if you want to come write me i m a collage student.. and i make voluntarily guding to improve my english. but meals on you while we are visitinh :)))
ı thınk firstly u should go sultanahmet fatih there are so many mosques that u can visit also hagiha sophıa dolmabahçe palace sultanahmet mosque,fatih mosque,eyüp sultan mosque etc:)
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Hi Adib. It looks like you've gotten some good answers to your question, so I won't repeat those. I would like to give you two resources - and . These sites are filled with information about Turkish culture - some of it based in its Islamic heritage. Also, if you check this event calendar you may find your visit coincides with some interesting lectures that you can attend.
out of these classical places people suggest, I will suggest Ortakoy mosque in Ortakoy Istanbul. also know as Mecidiye mosque. this is the most beautiful small mosque in the world with the most beautiful location. it is particularly interesting because this is a mosque built by a chistian wetern architec, Balyan. it has pictures on the ceiling(unlike any other in the world). so don't miss it. it is a gem..

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