Süleymaniye to Vefa: In the trail of Architect Sinan

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Süleymaniye to Vefa: In the trail of Architect Sinan

See the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman Empire, Suleymaniye Mosque, and discover the historic Istanbul neighbourhoods of Suleymaniye and Vefa.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Explore the Suleymaniye Mosque complex.
  • Walk the streets of the historic Istanbul neighbourhoods, Suleymaniye and Vefa.
  • Try a glass of traditional Turkish Boza.

Full Description

Suleymaniye Mosque is a huge imperial mosque complex that sits on one of Istanbul's seven hills, watching over the city. It was built by the famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, and is a true masterpiece. Built during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent, it has four minarets to symbolise that Sultan Suleyman was the fourth sultan after Constantinople was conquered. On this tour, you'll explore the historic districts from Sulemaniye to Vefa. You'll hear many interesting stories about the history of Turkey and architect Sinan from your expert guide. Finally, we'll walk around Vefa which is famous for Boza, a fermented drink made from grains that people in these lands have drunk for centuries. A non-alcoholic version was developed in the 19th century and Vefa became the most famous area to find it. Even the first President of the Turkish Republic drank Boza here! 



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour conducted in English.
  • A glass of Boza.
  • Pick up service from centrally located hotels.
  • Extra refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • This tour is only available on Wednesdays.
  • Please check if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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Customer Reviews

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Faith - April 20, 2019

The guide was informative. Suleymaniye Mosque was great.Beautiful architecture, a heavenly place. Pure beauty!

Natasha - April 30, 2019

I would go as far to say, Suleymaniye Mosque was better than Blue Mosque. It was huge. Defintely well worth the visit.

Annette - June 28, 2019

The highlight of the tour was Suleymaniye Mosque. Peaceful and tranquil . Extremely impressive.  

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