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Süleyman the Magnificent hired famous architect Mimar Sinan to design his namesake mosque and its surrounding theological complex. It consists of primary, medical, and theological schools, a hospital, a kitchen to feed the poor, a public bath, a graveyard, and two royal mausoleums. Sinan designed it deliberately to reference the Dome of the Rock and Hagia Sophia, because Süleyman likened himself to Solomon (something Byzantine Emperor Justinian boasted of, too.)

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