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The 10 Most Beautiful Mosques in Turkey

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque | © Adam Jones/Flickr
Ceiling of the Blue Mosque | © Adam Jones/Flickr
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Updated: 27 March 2018
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Much more than places for prayer, Turkey’s mosques are a beautiful homage to the beauty of Islamic art. From their ornate interiors to the grand dimensions of their exteriors, these ten mosques are as architecturally significant as they are stunning.

Sancaklar Mosque

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Sancaklar Mosque
Sancaklar Mosque is a minimalistic modern iteration | © erkan kurt / Alamy Stock Photo
One of the youngest mosques on this list is also the most forward in terms of aesthetics. Designed by famous Turkish architect Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque doesn’t abide by any classic visual rules, and instead creates a rather minimal space that still manages to be full of spiritual inspiration.
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Şakirin Mosque

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The Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul.
The Sakirin Mosque interior is the work of pioneering female designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu | © giuseppe masci / Alamy Stock Photo
Şakirin not only stands out with its modern exterior but also its interior, which was designed by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, notably making her the first woman to design a mosque in modern Turkey. From its water-drop shaped glass globe chandelier to the decorative motifs, Şakirin is a true beauty.
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Sultanahmet Mosque

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The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.
The Blue Mosque is a landmark in Istanbul | © kevin hellon / Alamy Stock Photo
Popularly known as the Blue Mosque, this is one of the best-known mosques in Istanbul. Sultanahmet is a tourist favorite that towers over the Old City. Completed in 1616, the imperial mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I to signify the reassertion of Ottoman power in Istanbul.
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Kocatepe Mosque

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Interior of the Kocatepe Mosque | © Hendrik Wieduwilt/Flickr
The largest mosque in Ankara, the Kocatepe Mosque was built between 1967 and 1987, and can be seen from almost anywhere in Turkey’s capital city. Located in the Kocatepe quarter of the Kızılay neighborhood, the giant mosque can accommodate about 24,000 worshippers.
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Süleymaniye Mosque

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Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Süleymaniye Mosque was built during the Ottoman Empire | © LizCoughlan / Alamy Stock Photo
Istanbul’s second-largest mosque was commissioned by Sultan Süleyman (aka Süleyman the Magnificent), and completed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan in 1557. With a mix of Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements, the mosque is one of the city’s most important sights.
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New Mosque

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Interior of New Mosque or Yeni Cami (1665), Istanbul, Turkey
Look up in the New Mosque to appreciate the lavish detail | © Ivan Vdovin / Alamy Stock Photo
The New Mosque (Yeni Cami) is one of Istanbul’s most iconic structures, standing proudly at the southern end of the Galata Bridger overlooking the Golden Horn. Built between 1660 and 1665, the Ottoman imperial mosque impresses with its 66 domes and the beautiful İznik tiles that decorate its interior.
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Fatih Mosque

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This stunning mosque was named after the Ottoman sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, who captured Constantinople in 1453. Built between 1463 and 1470, it was later rebuilt in 1771 after a major earthquake. The structure also had a school of traditional Islamic sciences, which was established by the Persian astronomer Ali Qushii.
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