Fine woodcut image of the Mosque of Suliman, published in Germany in 1688.
The Mosque of Suliman, also known as the Suliman Mosque or the Suliman the Magnificent Mosque, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and a symbol of Ottoman architecture. The mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 by the Ottoman sultan Suliman the Magnificent, and it was designed by the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.
The Mosque of Suliman is an architectural masterpiece, and its design reflects the grandeur and opulence of the Ottoman Empire. The mosque is surrounded by four minarets. The main prayer hall is covered by a large dome, which is supported by four piers and four smaller domes. The interior of the mosque is adorned with intricate geometric patterns and ornate decorations, including tiles, stained glass windows, and chandeliers.
One of the most notable features of the Mosque of Suliman is its vast size. The main prayer hall can accommodate more than 10,000 worshippers, and the entire complex covers an area of over 540,000 square feet. The courtyard of the mosque is also impressive, with its large fountain and lush gardens.
This is the third printing of the map, the first with the monogram of its maker removed. The view appeared in Eberhard Werner Happel's Thesaurus Exoticorum: Eine speciale Beschreibung Der Musulmänner oder Türcken …, published in Hamburg in 1688.