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Who is Mimar Sinan/ Architect Sinan

TURKISH July 9, 2016
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architect sinan

architect sinan

Sinan was born around 1489 in the village of Ağırnas in Kayseri. He was brought to Istanbul during the reign of Selim I as part of the practice of devşirme – the levy of boys from Christian families to be trained for posts in the administration an the kapikulu military corps. He became a Janissary during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the magnificent. Sinan’s works imperessed the sultan and with the support of Lütfü Pasha he was appointed chief architect. Sinan constructed countles extraordinary masterpieces and reached the cenith of success. Sinan defined Şehzade Mosque as a work which reflects his period as early mastery, and the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne as work of his true mastery. During his career as an architect, Sinan undertook many diffrent construction projects, not just mosques. He is the architect to he helped Hagia Sohia to survive until today. He constructed 84 mosques, 52 small mosques, 7 Qur’an schools, 20 tombs, 17 minarets, 3 hospitals, 5 canals, 20 cervanserais, 36 palaces, 8 aqueducts and 48 public baths. In total, Sinan left behid 364 structures. He also constructed his own tomb in a very plain fashion, with drinking fountain on the northern aspect.

In 1538, during Kara-Boğdan expedition, he built a bridge over Prut River and received a lot of attention. Again at the same date, he was appointed as Hassa architecture and served for this purpose until the end of his life. In his long life, he was the designer or the architect of more than 400 structures. He examined previous structures and added his creativity to create unique Works.

Şehzade Mosque is accepted as his apprenticeship work and Selimiye Mosque at Edirne(1569-75) is accepted as his masterpiece. His tomb is on the north of Süleymaniye Mosque at the point where Mimar Sinan Street and Fetva Yokuşu Road intersect.

tomb of mimar sinan

tomb of mimar sinan

The Tomb of Mimar Sinan

The tomb lies outside east entrance of the Suleymaniye Mosque. The structure is extremely modest in compression compared to the masterpieces he designed.

Most Famous Mosques that built by Architect Sinan

Süleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

The Most striking of the all domes and minarets that define the skyline of Istanbul are those of the Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest and most majestic in the city. It is the most beautiful structure of Istanbul. If you think about come to Istanbul, you should this place. Before the article, I think we should asnwer to FAQ about Suleymaniye Suleymaniye Mosque.

Şehzade Pasha Mosque

Rüstem Pasha Mosque

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

Odabaşı Mosque

Selimiye Mosque

İskender Pasha Mosque 

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