Mimar Sinan names this structure as his master piece. It is an impressing complex for hosting many structures from different civilizations of education and trade.
Ottoman Empire’s capital before Istanbul, the city of Edirne hosts Selimiye Mosque and its Kulliye. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
With Selim II’s orders, the mosque was started to be built in 1568 and it ended in 1575, Thousands of people worked for it and that took seven years.
The minarets are 85.67 meters including their top flags. The most interesting architectural facts about the mosque are that the minarets were designed as thin as possible and each of them have three stairs which never cross each other on their way to the prayers section. The mosque’s ceramic ornamentation also deserves the credits.
The exterior yard that surrounds the mosque from three sides, which is also the center of the kulliye, hosts Darul Kurra and Darul Hadis Medressehs (schools in mosques), the sun room and the library.