The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire

TitleThe Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsNecipoglu G
Number of Pages592
PublisherReaktion Books
ISBN Number978-1861892539
Keywordsarchitecture, Edirne, Ottoman, Sinan
Abstract

Mimar Koca Sinan (1489–1588), the most celebrated of all Ottoman Empire architects, is particularly renowned for his contributions to the cityscape of Istanbul. During his fifty-year career he designed hundreds of buildings, and his distinctive architectural idiom left its imprint on the terrain of a vast empire extending from the Danube to the Tigris.

Sinan’s mosques are considered among his best work, and with their light-filled centralized domes, remain a testament to his inventive spirit and passion for experimentation. In this major study of Sinan’s extraordinary buildings, Gülru Necipoglu argues that Sinan’s rich variety of mosque designs sprang from a process of negotiation between the architect and his patrons, rather than from unrestrained formal experimentation. Using primary source material, Necipoglu describes how Sinan created a layered system of mosque types, reflecting social status and territorial rank.