We travelled to Edirne at the advise of our friend Deniz. Edirne, formerly Adrianople, is a city in Turkey close to its borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne was the Ottoman Empire’s third capital city (from 1365 to 1453), before Constantinople (Istanbul) became the empire's fourth and final capital.
It was a dull and dreary day when we reached Edirne, and in this town, it’s impossible to miss the Selimiye Mosque, Edirne’s grandest and most central mosque, designed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, between 1568 and 1574. The mosque, dominating the skyline of the city, was built on a slightly higher hill than its surroundings. It was commissioned by Sultan Selim II, son of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Four vertically fluted symmetrical minarets (with a diameter of only 3.8m) amplifying the upward thrust, shoot towards the sky like rockets from each corner of the mosque. Surrounded by these four minarets (which are the 2nd highest in the world), the beauty of the mosque results from the conformity of geometric shapes engulfed in each other was the culmination of Mimar Sinan’s lifelong search for a unified interior space. Selimiye Camii (mosque) was considered by Sinan to be his masterpiece and is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture.
The mosque was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011.
Mimar Sinan is considered to be the greatest Ottoman architect of the Ottoman Empire's Architectural heritage. He was the chief Ottoman architect (Turkish: mimar) and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. He shaped the Ottoman Empire architecture in 16th century in so many directions that he was named ‘Great Sinan’, ‘Big Sinan’ by the public while he was still living.
I tried this composition where Mimar Sinan poses on the right in front of his famous creation! :-)
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lousat (83400) 2014-09-03 1:52
Hi Angshu,the choice of point of view is a winner,great composition with the decentralized mosque on the left and the big statue on the right,a very rich and interesting capture caught in the usual top quality.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
arnie (1805) 2014-09-03 2:05
A great composition, with statue foremost to the front on the right it gives good depth leading to the Mosque. Good detail and light.
daddo (26072) 2014-09-03 2:15
Namaste Angshuman.Love the POV which includes the great man and his masterpiece. Despite the dull day the colours are well saturated and the exposure is fine. I don't mind days like this as the shadows are not too dark. Regards. Klaudio.
dkmurphys (53455) 2014-09-03 2:18
Very beautiful composition. I like your POV and the frame. Well done.
acevherli (360) 2014-09-03 3:56
Wonderful shot and colors.
danos (91014) 2014-09-03 3:58
excellent the balance of the photo with the Selimiye Mosque and the statue of Sinan to are placed perfect in the scene.I like the created colours as enhanced from the brilliant light of the day.
pierrefonds (60968) 2014-09-03 4:59
The distance between the monument and the Mosque is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the monument, of the garden and of the Mosque. The luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (68540) 2014-09-03 5:52
J'aime beaucoup la composition de cette image. L'inclusion de la statue à l'avant plan donne de la profondeur à l'image et met bien en vedette cette superbe mosquée.
papagolf21 (91334) 2014-09-03 14:50
Bonsoir, cher ami Angshu,
L'oeil ne sait plus où poser son regard tant l'image est riche en matières.
Bien évidemment, la mosquée attire immédiatement l'attention, mais, la sculpture également.
Le tout est réalisé avec beaucoup de talent et d'intérêt.
COSTANTINO (60521) 2014-09-03 22:23
Hello dear friend
I like this photo with the vivid and attracive
colors great sharpness and lightness
nice pov with the man included into the
framing your notes are very useful and
interesting about Edirne formerly Adrianople
a city close to the borders with Greece
and Bulgaria you are always wellcome to
despite the dull day the colors
are perfectly saturated
have a nice time
jjcordier (79275) 2014-09-03 23:06
Une très bonne composition pour cette très intéressante photo accompagnée d'une belle note.
shreya2000 (1816) 2014-09-03 23:55
A very good picture from your side especially the statue in foreground and the mosque in back ground. Very well composed picute and nicely cropped. The colours are also very good. I like it.
Nicou (131294) 2014-09-04 1:10
Fantastique vue et compo superbe image quelle mosquée avec les minarets qui ressortent de la coupole et la statue noir à droit fabuleuse composition et vue.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (45903) 2014-09-04 6:42
I saw this fantastic mosque 40 years ago, but I don't remember the Sinan monument. Maybe I didn't look carefully, maybe it wasn't yet there. But the combination of monument and mosque makes this a fine composition with very good balance and excellent depth.
Fis2 (90729) 2014-09-04 8:11
I like building and statue.
pajaran (55527) 2014-09-04 9:44
Interesantan tekst o staroj dzamiji i arhitekti sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, perspektiva i kompozicija, lepo pokazan spomenik i dzamija sa minaretima.
Lepo mesto za odmor u hladovini zelenog drveta.
Lep spomenik i dzamija sa minaretima.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the old mosque and architects with a history and description of ...
Good clip, contrast, perspective and composition, beautiful monument shown and mosques with minarets.
Nice place to rest in the shade of a green tree.
Nice monument and a mosque with minarets.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
rychem (28857) 2014-09-05 9:03
This mosque is really wonderful, great minarets and fantastic architecture, excellent composition with the designer in the FG, compliments
stego (24124) 2014-09-05 10:05
It's a bit sad that you got such a dull weather photography wise, because such a great and well chosen POV and compo deserved a prettier sky. Anyway, it is a powerful image, very effective showing the famous mosque and the statue of its creator, that kind of Turkish Michelangelo.
abmdsudi (47490) 2014-09-07 2:19
Impressive shooting angle with the statue links and smoothly leads to the imposing mosque in the bg. Lovely subtle light and colours of the day with fine control of highlights and grey sky lends a superb finishing touch and colour blend beautifully. Excellent snap, Congrats
Graal (100482) 2014-09-07 11:01
very nice piecture. Interesting place in Turkey. I like the mosque and sculpture between the green of garden. Good shot and presentation.
Have a nice evening.
npecanhuk (70734) 2014-09-09 19:26
Very interesting and attractive details (both natural and man-made ones)!
Highlights here are that statue in the right fg and that Mosque on the left bg!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
adores (41576) 2014-09-11 16:08
I haven't been in Edirne, but it seems worth a visit. The mosque seems beautiful and I like your idea, the composition is very good with the statue of the architect in foreground. Very good colours also!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56664)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 1:37