Mimar Sinan

Topics: Islamic architecture, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire Pages: 2 (548 words) Published: December 8, 2012
It all started within the Ottoman architecture in 14th and 15th centuries. This architecture was mainly influenced of different and multiple combination of other kinds of architecture which are the Islamic architecture, Byzantine architecture and Iranian architecture, this gave the multicultural outlook of the empire. The Ottoman architecture developed in a massive way at that time. It got to be creative within the great harmony of the inner and outer spaces. It also was known by seeing the massive and accurate decorations within the buildings. These decorations were mostly seen in columns, domes and semi domes of mosques. This is were the creative architects of Ottoman empire mostly lie in.

One of the greatest Ottoman architects is Mimar Sinan. He was born in 1489 in Anatolia. He was the son of Greek Christians but he converted to Islam. Sinan lived in a period were most young males were putting their energies into state survive as well as military service where he did join.

During some campaigns, Sinan became chief firework operator. After several promotions, he did improve his architectural skills and prove that in the numerous battles he could construct multiple equipments to help the army in accomplishing their plans of winning battles. This is when he started to work as a chief architect. Then he had to be promoted as the royal architect by sultan Süleyman the Magnificent[->0] and it was even the beginning of a remarkable career.

The great architect had a marvelous touch in the complete harmony of form and content. His work was unique because if his ability to manipulate with different factors such as structure, space and light. In addition he was able to convert commissions given to him as an individual aspects into something that had a universal value. That is why his work is still recognized and will always be remembered as we will know from Sinan's masterpieces I am going to talk about in the next paragraph.

Mimar Sinan used all the three...
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