The Selimiye Mosque

The Selimiye Mosque takes place in Edirne Province, at the center of the city. It was built by architect Mimar Sinan with the order of Sultan Selim II between 1568 and 1575. The mosque is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture as well as Ottoman architecture. It was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2011. The mosque has two parts: a rectangular courtyard and a rectangular prayer hall, and it is marked by four identical, symmetrical minarets on the exterior. Mimar Sinan built the Selimiye Mosque at the age of 80 and described it as "my masterpiece."