SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE TOMBS AND MIMAR SINAN MAUSOLEUM

Suleyman, the Magnificent Mausoleum was constructed within 13 months after the death of the Sultan in 1566 in the special area within the mosque. The mausoleum has an octagonal plan in a way that its entrance would see the east and the cutting is limestone. The facade was adorned with marble and colorful stones fully. Apart from the main part, a-29-column-open portico of which top was covered has been taken place in the mausoleum where the Classical Ottoman mausoleum architecture plan, facade plan, material and architecture elements were repeated, which is different than the other mausoleums. It was covered with a brick double mercuric dome after the cornice on which wide palmet row was placed.

Haseki Hurrem Sultan Mausoleum was constructed by Suleyman, the Magnificent in 1559. It is located in the special part of Suleymaniye Mosque in the direction of Mecca. It has a plan scheme that it is octagon inside but hexakaidecagon outside. The mausoleum on which walls limestone was used is covered with a lead-covered-dome which has 9,20 m. diameter with high pulley and in semicircular form.

Both mausoleums were adorned with the most elegant examples of the adornment art of the  16th century.

Architect Sinan Mausoleum is mausoleum of which is open on all sides and in baldachin style with public fountain on the side of Ağakapısı of Suleymaniye Social Complex. The mausoleum constructed by using limestone in a modest style surrounded with Sinan’s works. The mausoleum placed behind the public fountain constructed by pure marble was constructed by cut limestone and marble. There has been a epitaph in front of the sarcophagus of Architect Sinan and on the need window. Semi-open mausoleum is covered with a dome carried by six column integrated with each other with lancet arch.

Original plaster application, lead repair and facade cleaning of three mausoleums were realized after the cement plasters had been removed within the scope of the restoration works. Original hand-drawns were revived by realizing research rasps. Micro injection and then the surface cleaning on the special tiles of the constructions were carried out. Deficiencies in the semi-valuable materials such as ivory pearl on sarcophagus scarecrows, missing ebonies on the kündekari door and pull-down shutters were recovered and French polish was carried out. Dye layers on the iron die bars on the windows were scraped and original bell metal made visible and polished.


  • Location:
    Fatih / İstanbul
  • Date:
    2014 - 2015
  • Administration - Employer:
    T.R Ministry of Culture Istanbul Directorate of Surveying and Monuments
  • Category:
    Religious Constructions