Sokollu Mehmet Pasa¸ Mosque.
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.).