Photographer's Note

Sinan was born a Christian in Anatolia in a small town called Ağırnas near the city of Kayseri, either of Greek[1][2][3] or Armenian[4] origin. In 1511, he was conscripted into Ottoman service and he went to Istanbul as a recruit and converted to Islam under the devshirme system. He served the Grand Vizier İbrahim Paşa as a novice of the Palace School. There he was given the Islamic name Sinan. Three years later he, a skilled architect and engineer, took part in Selim's military campaigns into the east as part of the engineering corps. When the Ottoman army captured Cairo, Sinan was promoted to chief architect and was given the privilege of tearing down any buildings in the captured city that were not according to the city plan. He was also appointed commander of an infantry division, but was, at his own request, transferred to the command of the artillery instead. During a Persian campaign in 1535 he built ships for the army to cross Lake Van. For this he was given the title Haseki'i, Sergeant-at-Arms in the body guard of the Sultan, a rank equivalent to that of the Janissary Ağa.

Sinan's first work was the Şehzade Mosque, which he built in 1548. He started building the Süleymaniye Mosque in 1550, with construction completed in 1557. Before Süleymaniye, no mosques had been built with half cubic roofs. He got the idea of half cubic roof design from the Hagia Sophia. He also built many mosques and other buildings in and around Istanbul, including the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Rüstem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapi, and Kadirga Sokullu Mosque in Istanbul. He also designed the Taqiyya al-Sulaimaniyya khan and mosque in Damascus, still considered one of the city's most notable monuments, as well as the Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia, Bulgaria, currently the only functioning mosque in the city. He has also built Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina which is now UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Copyright: mesut akbas (KoCHELLy) (80)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-06-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 7:47
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