WHO IS MIMAR SINAN?
Mimar Sinan was a famous Turkish architect and one of the greatest structural artists of the world.
He lived between 1489 and1588.
He has built important works in many parts of the empire- the capital city Istanbul being the foremost- during the reign of the Ottoman Sultans, Sultan Suleiman(Suleiman the Magnificent) (1520-1566), Sultan Selim II (1566-1574) and Sultan Murad III (1574-1595). These works, symbolize the power of the empire. He has been the chief architect, at the most powerful time of Ottoman Empire.
The Ottoman Architecture has been moved to the summit by Mimar Sinan.
Sinan has given the most exclusive products of the cultural heritage of the Ottoman. This great genius who is the architect of the unique works was incredibly humble.
There was an expression as nebbish poor Sinan (el fakir-ul hakir Sinan) on his signet that used instead of signature in those days. He has reflected this humbleness to his works.
| He has got 375 works including 92 mosques, 52 small mosques, 7 darulkurra (special rooms to read the Koran), 22 mausoleums, 17 soup kitchens (place which served free food to the poor and to others, such as madrasah students), 3 darussifa (infirmary), 5 culvert ark, 8 bridges, 20 caravanserais, 36 palaces, 8 cellars and 48 hammams.
||His masterpiece is Selimiye Mosque. He has built this mosque which, called as the work of master builder period by him, at the age of 86.
The most spectacular work of Sinan in Istanbul is the Suleymaniye Mosque.
Some other important works of Mimar Sinan;
The Sehzadebasi Mosque, The Haseki Hurrem Mosque, The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, The Rustem Pasha Mosque,
The Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, The Sinan Pasha Mosque, The Mimar Sinan Mosque, The Madrasa of Sultan Suleiman, The Suleymaniye Madrasa, Madrasa of Haseki Sultan, The Mehmet Pasha Madrasa, The Darulkurra of Sultan Suleiman, The Sultan Suleiman Tomb, The Sultan Sueyman Darussifa, The Mustafa Pasha Bridge, The Mostar Bridge, The Suleymaniye Hammam, The Haseki Hurrem Hammam, The Valide Sultan Hammam many more.