Photographer's Note

Approaching Selimiye Mosque from its eastern entrance, one walks up this ramp into the courtyard. The WS photo "Looking Up at Selimiye" is stitched from two other photos from this spot. Actually, all three photos were taken to stitch them together, but I could not overcome the resulting distortion and gave up. I made this one the main entry to show our entrance into this mosque's grounds.

Selimiye Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Selim II, and was built by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan between 1568 and 1575. Sinan considered this mosque to be his masterpiece. It is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture as a whole and Ottoman architecture in particular.

Edirne was one of Selim II’s favorite cities. He was stationed here as a prince when his father campaigned in Persia in 1548 and he enjoyed hunting on the outskirts of the city. Edirne was selected not only because of Selim II’s fondness of the city, but also for its historical and geographic significance. Located in the Balkans, within the European lands of the Ottoman Empire, Edirne had been a capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century before Istanbul and was effectively the second city of the Empire through the 17th century.

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 23.1 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/320
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-28 11:46
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 2139 kb
GPS: 41.677603928717254, 26.559767840772853

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