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10 MUST-SEE WORKS OF SINAN THE ARCHITECT A.K.A. THE “GREAT SINAN” OF OTTOMAN ARCHITECTURE

Sinan the Architect was a total genius who worked as the chief architect during the reigns of the sultans such as Selim II, Murad III, and Suleiman the Magnificent. His works are still as robust as the day they were built, defying the years. Known throughout the world, Sinan the Architect is respected and admired by all nations. Sinan the Architect built 8 crypts, 38 Turkish baths, 36 palaces, 20 caravansaries, 8 bridges, 5 aqueducts, 3 hospitals, 17 hospices, 17 türbe mausoleums, 26 Quran reading houses, 55 madrasas, 51 prayer rooms, 81 mosques in his 99-year life. Let’s see the 10 must-see works of Sinan the Architect, also known as the Great Sinan…

 

Haseki Bath - Istanbul

Haseki Hamamı

Located between Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and ordered by Hurrem Sultan to be built, this bath maintains its magnificence even today. Men and women are on the same centerline in the bath. Heated parts are adjacent, and the dressing rooms are on the two ends. Its giant dome evokes admiration. Haseki Bath, also known as Hurrem Sultan Bath, is one of the touristic baths of Istanbul.

 

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque - Istanbul

Mihrimah Sultan Camii

Located in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque means sun and moon. The directions of the mosque building are used skillfully. In April and May, the sunrise and moonrise can be watched between the two minarets. 

 

Süleymaniye Mosque - Istanbul

Süleymaniye Camii

Being one of the works that Sinan the Architect built in his early years, Süleymaniye Mosque magnificently completes the silhouette of Istanbul. There are many rumors about the making of Süleymaniye Mosque. These rumors especially focus on the mortar of the minaret. Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the leading works of the traditional Ottoman architecture. This mosque was also built as a part of Süleymaniye Social Complex.

 

Mağlova Aqueduct - Istanbul

Mağlova Su Kemeri

Being one of the masterpieces of the world aqua architecture, Mağlova Aqueduct is in 257m length and 35m height. Having a 450-year history, this aqueduct is in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. This aqueduct is one of the must-see works of Sinan the Architect.

 

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque - Erzurum

Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii

Being the first Ottoman mosque in Erzurum, this mosque was ordered by Lala Mustafa Pasha to be built. Being a part of the social complex, the mosque is at the center of Erzurum. This place is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year.

 

Rüstem Pasha Caravansary - Erzurum

Taşhan

Being ordered by Rüstem Pasha to be built by Sinan the Architect between 1554 and 1561, Rüstem Pasha Caravansary still functions today. Throughout all these years the building went under only one restoration which took place in 1970. Also known as Taş Han (Stone Caravansary) and Rüstem Pasha Covered Bazaar, this caravansary plays host to the craftsmen who are dealing with jet stone.

 

Şehzade Mosque - Istanbul

Şehzade Camii

Located in Fatih, Istanbul, Şehzade Mosque is a work that Sinan the Architect built when he was an apprentice. Although it is his apprenticeship work, this mosque grandiosely fascinates everyone with its beauty just like the first day. The mosque was ordered by Süleiman the Magnificent between 1543 and 1548. Next to the mosque stands the Şehzade Türbe Mausoleum which is full of colorful ceramics.

 

Selimiye Mosque - Edirne

Selimiye Camii

Located in Edirne, Selimiye Mosque is one of the mastership works of Sinan the Architect. After entering the temporary world heritage list of UNESCO in 2000, it was officially registered in 2011. Selimiye Mosque has a very important place in Ottoman architecture in terms of calligraphy, ceramics, and marble.

 

Behram Pasha Mosque - Diyarbakır

 

Being ordered by Diyarbakır Governor Behram Pasha to be built, this mosque was completely made out of cut stone. Behram Pasha Mosque exactly represents the local architecture of Diyarbakır. Being one of the precious works of Sinan the Architect, Behram Pasha Mosque has a perfect stonemasonry inside and outside.

 

Kırkçeşme Aqueduct - Istanbul

 

Kırkçeşme Aqueduct was the biggest water complex of its time. Consisting of 33 huge aqueducts, this structure was designed for the water need of Istanbul. Built between 1554 and 1560 to bring water from Belgrad Forest, this structure is a total engineering masterpiece.

 

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