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Şehzade Camii Review

The medium-sized Şehzade Camii was built for Süleyman the Magnificent's eldest son, Prince Mehmet, who died of smallpox in 1543 at age 22. This was the great Ottoman architect Sinan's first imperial mosque and he called it his "apprentice work." The result is quite attractive, although less spectacular than the nearby Süleymaniye. The tranquil gardens contain several imperial tombs—including that of Prince Mehmet—decorated with some of the best İznik tiles in Istanbul. As of this writing the tombs were being restored, after which it is hoped they will be open to the public.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Şehzadebaşı Cad., Fatih Istanbul | Map It
  • Hours: Daily sunrise to sunset; usually closed during prayer times
  • Location: The Bazaar Area and Environs
Updated: 11-19-2013

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