Built by the famous Ottoman architect, Sinan in the mid-16th century, the UNESCO-protected Suleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii) is one of Istanbul’s most important architectural treasures. The mosque is the center-piece of a broader complex commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent that holds a prominent position on Istanbul’s iconic skyline overlooking the Golden Horn. The complex included a library, hospital, Turkish bath, shops and the tombs, where the sultan and his wife, Hürrem Sultan are resting forevermore. When you visit the mosque there are a several things to look out for – other than the spectacular view. The four minarets symbolize Suleiman the Magnificent as the fourth sultan to reign over Istanbul and the ten balconies on these minarets represent him as being the tenth Ottoman sultan in history.