Sokollu Mehmet Pasa¸ Mosque.

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Fed-up with the milling mil­lions? For a far more peace­ful ex­pe­ri­ence head to this lit­tle bobby-daz­zler built in 1571 by main-man Si­nan, whose crown­ing glory is the Sü­ley­maniye Mosque. To get there sim­ply head down the Hip­po­drome on the right of the Blue Mosque, away from the Ha­gia Sophia (you can’t miss the obelisks), turn right at the end, then take the first left into Se­hit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu.¸ Now, sim­ply fol­low the lane around to find the stone wall sur­round­ing the ru­ins of an old Dervish tekke. Turn left down the cob­bled hill and then right to find the door to the mosque court­yard. Nip in, and nine times out of ten there’ll be some­one who’ll get the key to open the door to the mosque. Al­though of­fi­cially en­trance is free, you may like to make a do­na­tion or buy a cou­ple of pho­tos to help with up­keep. Ob­vi­ously dur­ing prayer times (par­tic­u­larly at lunchtime) you can­not visit. Pecky/thirsty? Th­ese are all near: Ba­likçi Saba­hat­tin (see Rest./Ca­sual),, the gar­den ter­race at Yes¸il Ev / Kabasakal Cad. 5 / 517 6785, Sea­sons (see Lunch), or the Ter­race Bar, both at Four Sea­sons Sul­tanah­met (see Ac­co­mo­da­tion.).

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