Sinan’s Structural Style

Throughout history, many architects have contributed
to the evolution of architecture. Some were so phenomenal that they have marked
a whole era. Architects like Sinan have made a difference in this world. Sinan
is considered the greatest Ottoman architect of the Ottoman Empire’s
Architectural heritage. Koca Mi’mâr
Sinân Â?â, meaning “Sinan Agha the Grand Architect”, who is more
often called Mimar Sinan in modern day Turkish, was born in either 1489
or 1490, and lived until 1588. He was the chief Ottoman architect, and
civil engineer for Sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II,
and Murad III. He was responsible for the construction of more than 300
major structures and other more modest projects. His apprentices would later
design the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, and help design
the Taj Mahal in the Mughal Empire. Sinan was the son of a
stonemason. He became a military engineer.

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He
refined his architectural and engineering skills while on campaign with the
Janissaries, becoming expert at constructing fortifications of all kinds, as
well as military infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges and aqueducts. At about the age of fifty, he was appointed as
chief royal architect, applying the technical skills he had acquired in the
army to the “creation of fine religious buildings” and civic
structures of all kinds.

Sinan was
one of the
greatest architects
ever and a
very ‘structural’
one. The development and maturing stages of Sinan’s career can be illustrated by three of his major structures: the ?ehzade Mosque, which he calls a work of his apprenticeship period, and the Süleymaniye Mosque, which is the work of his qualification stage, as well
as the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, which he refers to the product of his master stage. These
three building illuminate his structural mastery very efficiently. 

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