Sehzade Mosque was constructed in 16th century. Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent ordered Architect Sinan to design an imperial mosque in memory of his beloved son, Prince Mehmed, who died unexpectedly at the age of 22. It is intended that, as Suleyman’s eldest son from his favourite wife Hurrem, Prince Mehmed would be the next sultan after Suleyman.
Sehzade Mosque was a part of complex that includes number of tombs (also the tomb of Prince Mehmed), schools, a kitchen that serves to poor people, caravansary and a bath in it. Sehzade Complex is considered as Architect Sinan’s first imperial commission. After succeeding in Sehzade Mosque, his career as an architect rose rapidly. Sehzade Mosque is one of the greatest monuments of Sinan’s early career.
Mosque is surrounded by a peaceful courtyard that isolates the inner side from Istanbul’s chaos, and would be a great place to relax for a while during your tiring day. Even it is a bit out of the tourist path, it is worth paying a visit. You can also visit Valens Aqueduct and Suleymaniye Mosque as they are all within a walkable distance to each other.