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Top places of worship recommendations from locals

Mosque
“Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Blue Mosque as known internationally, was built in the 17th century during the reign of Ahmed the 1st. The mosque is famous for its hand-painted blue tiles that decorate its interior walls and towards the sunset, shades of blue flashes on the exterior surfaces of the domes and minarets, like the daylight leaving its marks on this beautiful architechtural monument. Today, the mosque is open to public for praying as well as for touristic reasons. You can have a tour around the mosque and the Sultan Ahmed Square in between the mosque and Hagia Sofia Museum. These two wonders stand next to one another as the landmarks of Istanbul and your visit will feel lacking if you miss to see these great buildings. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Mosque
“This is one of the best panoramas of İstanbul and it's only a walking distance away from you! You should definitely see this mosque which attracts many tourists and spend quality time at one of the cafes and restaurants around.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Church
“St. Antuan Catholic Church is the largest and the largest community in Istanbul. It is located on Istiklal Avenue in Beyoğlu, on the left as you travel from Galatasaray to Tunnel.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Mosque
“Wikipedia: The Süleymaniye Mosque (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii, Turkish pronunciation: [sylejˈmaːnije]) is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. An inscription specifies the foundation date as 1550 and the inauguration date as 1557. The mosque was built by the Ottoman sultan Suleyman (r. 1520-1566) and the mosque was named after him. The mosque is located at the highest end of the city of Istanbul. It is designed to glorify the sultan[1] Construction of this mosque began before 1550 and was nearly completed in 1557[2]. Sultan Suleyman used Mimar Sinan (d. 1588), the greatest engineer and architect of his time for the work of this mosque [3]. The architecture and craftsmanship of the mosque are very beautiful and attract many worshipers and visitors. The Süleymaniye Mosque, was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), and designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. The Arabic foundation inscription above the north portal of the mosque is carved in thuluth script on three marble panels. It gives a foundation date of 1550 and an inauguration date of 1557. In reality the planning of the mosque began before 1550 and parts of the complex were not completed until after 1557.[4] The design of the Süleymaniye also plays on Suleyman's self-conscious representation of himself as a 'second Solomon.' It references the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of the Temple of Solomon, as well as Justinian's boast upon the completion of the Hagia Sophia: "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!"[5] The Süleymaniye, similar in magnificence to the preceding structures, asserts Suleyman's historical importance. The structure is nevertheless smaller in size than its older archetype, the Hagia Sophia.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Church
“Historical Wonder & Christian Culture & Praying 30 mins by public transport”
  • 22 locals recommend
Boarding House
“Built as a Church in 527 and converted into a Mosque by Fatih Sultan Mehmet the conquer after he conquered Istanbul. Impressive architecture. Worth a visit. The surrounding is amazing too. Nice garden and some good cafes around.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Mosque
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“Istanbul has no shortage of houses of worship, and the Bulgarian Church of St. Stephen set along the shore of the Golden Horn blends in with its holy brethren at first glance. Upon closer inspection, however, this cross-shaped basilica is like few others in the world.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mosque
“Built by great Sinan. It has the best samples of old Turkish-Ottoman ceramic art. Choosen as the best, the most beautiful Mosque in Europe by some magazines.”
  • 9 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of the oldest church of the world, the first Church and the first museum of Istanbul. Built on an old temple with 2500 years old history. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Mosque
“Consists of an historic mosque, a medrese, a hamam (turkish bath), a tomb, and a fountain.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Church
“Christ Church was constructed as a memorial to those who died in the Crimean War. A Gothic church with lush garden . It`s congregation is of Indian subcontinent mostly Sri Lankan and African migrants ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mosque
“this is a secret spot to sit on a bench and watch the view. get into the garden and you'll see.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Church
  • 4 locals recommend
History Museum
“ It was one of the largest examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Istanbul and represented an important stage in the development of classic Turkish architecture. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mosque
“Built in the 16th century, this famous mosque takes its name after the daughter of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and Hurrem Sultan, two prominent figures in the Ottoman history. The mosque was designed by the famous architecht Mimar Sinan. Some sources say he was in love with the Sultans' daughter and he was inspired by this love when designing this mosque. Mihr-i Mah also means the Sun and the Moon, another feature of this mosque that makes it special: from some high spots such Bayezid Watchtower on the European side, you can watch the Sunset in the evening and the Moon descending in the morning in between the minarets”
  • 7 locals recommend