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Suleymaniye Mosque, is the largest and most imposing mosque in Istanbul. It was built in 1557, during the golden age of the Ottoman Empire, by the Royal Architect Sinan, the father of classical Turkish architecture. The mosque is an architectural masterpiece. The aesthetic supremacy of its interior and exterior and its perfect proportions have been captivating the visitors for centuries. The static balance of the structure is faultless too. Numerous earthquakes that have shaken Istanbul over the centuries have not caused a single crack in the building. The most attractive features of the interior are the extremely colorful, 16th century original stained glass windows. The brass grill partition to the right of the entrance is a masterpiece of 18th century Turkish metalwork.

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