Famously straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a swarming megacity at a crossroads. Calls to prayer
float in the air competing with a cacophony of howling sirens and bleeting car horns. Only the domed mosques with towering minarets that dot the skyline offer refuge from the fray. Dominating Istanbul’s Golden Horn, Süleymaniye Mosque encases a grand inner courtyard surrounded by arched porticos—a bastion of tranquility from the world beyond its gates.