Suleymaniye Mosque (Rhodes)

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مسجد سليمان
Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleiman mosque Rhodes.jpg
ProvinceSouth Aegean
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusserves as museum[1]
LocationRhodes, Greece
Geographic coordinates36°26′40″N 28°13′27″E / 36.44444°N 28.22417°E / 36.44444; 28.22417
FounderSuleiman the Magnificent
Completedafter 1522
reconstructed in 1808
Minaret height34.5 metres (113 ft)[2]

The Suleymaniye Mosque or the Mosque of Suleiman (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) was a mosque originally built after the Ottoman conquest of Rhodes in 1522 and reconstructed in 1808. It was named by the Sultan Suleiman to commemorate his conquest of Rhodes.

This mosque was the first mosque in the town of Rhodes, built soon after Ottomans besieged it and captured it in 1522. In 1808 the current building of mosque was built through the reconstruction of this first mosque.[3] Its plaster is rose-pink. The most of the mosque was reconstructed using materials of the buildings which existed at the same place in the earlier period. The pillars of the outer arcade belonged to the Christian church.[4]

Europa Nostra gave this mosque an honorary distinction in 2006.[2] It currently serves as a museum.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Suleymaniye Mosque". Retrieved 26 July 2014. Today, the mosque serves as a museum and can be visited on specific days. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Religious Monuments". Municipality of Rhodes. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Tataki, A. B. (2000). Rhodes, Lindos, Kamiros, Filerimos: the Palace of the Grand Masters and the museum. Ekdotike Athenon. p. 45. ISBN 978-960-213-007-0. The first to be built, immediately after the conquest of Rhodes, was the Mosque of Suleiman. In 1 808 the mosque, which today can be seen at the end of Sokratous street, was
  4. ^ Currie, Jean (1 May 1989). Rhodes and the Dodecanese. Cape. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-224-02614-7. After Suleiman captured Rhodes in 1522, the Turks immediately began building a mosque to be named after the conqueror himself. Nearly four centuries later, in the first decade of the nineteenth century, it was rebuilt. Today the rose-pink ...