The Sehzade Mosque

Suleiman the Magnificent commissioned the Sehzade (Prince) Mosque for the memory of his princely son Sehzade Mehmed, who died in Manisa City in 1543 because of his disease. The Sehzade (Prince) Mosque was built by well-known Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan between 1543 and 1548 in Fatih district, the third hill in Istanbul. The mosque was Mimar Sinan’s first significant architectural work and the only one that is non-Sultanic. A marble-paved colonnaded forecourt, a portico with five domed bays on each side with pink and white marble, the fountain elaborate geometric sculpture in low bas-relief are the unique features of the mosque. In the complex, Sehzade Mehmed's tomb is situated with his younger brother Sehzade Cihangir on his right, and his only daughter Humasah Sultan on his left.