Turkey between today and yesterday, modernity and history, present and past, that close connection .

Architect Sinan Agha.. A History of Creativity in Islamic Architecture

Date:Thursday, January 12, 2023

Turkey between today and yesterday, modernity and history, present and past, that close connection .

Architect Sinan Agha..a history of creativity in Islamic architecture:

Turkey between today and yesterday, modernity and history, the present and the past, that close link between the Ottoman civilization and the Turkish identity. An exceptional combination that made Turkish cities host the most important historical and archaeological monuments in the world. Which was built by the Ottomans during the period of the strength and prosperity of the Ottoman Empire, and with the succession of the rule of the sultans and their competition in building palaces and mosques, it was necessary to seek the help of the legend of Islamic architecture at the time, the famous architect Sinan.


Khawaja Sinan Agha was born in Anatolia and comes from a Christian family. He converted to Islam in his early twenties and joined the Janissary army as an Ottoman fighter in Eastern Europe and Persia.

He was the chief and most famous of the Ottoman architects during the rule of Sultan Selim I, Suleiman I, Selim II and Murad III.

Thanks to his travels with the campaigns of the Ottoman army across a wide geographical area extending along the Mediterranean basin from Anatolia to Italy and the Adriatic coast to Central Europe, and from Azerbaijan to Baghdad in Asia, he formed a wide wealth of ideas in architecture, and he also learned about the Arab architectural style. and architecture in Aleppo, Damascus and Cairo.

Sinan's works:

Through years of work and creativity, Sinan proved his worth as a senior architect and was promoted to chief architect after the annexation of Cairo to the Ottoman Empire.

Sinan's architectural monuments spread around the world, such as the Khosrow Pasha Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, the Khan Jami Mosque in Evpatoria, Crimea, the Sultan Suleiman Mosque in Damascus and Jerusalem, the Sultan Suleiman School in Mecca, the Muhammad Pasha Mosque in Sofia, the Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Budapest, and the Palace of Muhammad. Pasha in Sarajevo.

The Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul is one of his most prominent immortal works, which is still to this day a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of that great architect, which will not be repeated through time.

Sulaymaniyah Mosque:

It is considered one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul, according to its historical importance and the beauty of its architectural style

It was built by the greatest architect in history, "Al-Mimari Sinan", by order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Work on its construction continued from 1550 until 1557. Architect Sinan described the Sulaymaniyah complex as one of his most prominent architectural works that he is proud of, especially since the art used in designing and building the mosque not only reflects Ottoman urban art, but also combines international building arts.

The mosque is located in the Sulaymaniyah area near the Egyptian market in the Eminonu area and was built on a high hill overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

Minarets of the Hagia Sophia Mosque:

The Hagia Sophia Mosque is a religious edifice that has its own prestige and prestige in Turkey. It is revered by both Muslim and Christian Turks. Hagia Sophia was built at the time of the Byzantines, and they wanted it to be the largest Christian church at that time. The construction of the church took five years, and its architecture is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine art.

When converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, the architect Sinan designed and built cylindrical minarets in an Ottoman style

Today, Hagia Sophia is a great archaeological landmark that reflects the diversity of the cultural heritage of Istanbul, which was over time the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Architect Sinan was keen to develop a mosque building model in line with the needs of Islamic worship, which requires large and open spaces for group prayer.

The architect, Sinan, became the architect of the Ottoman Empire, the head of an entire corps of engineers, and the first teacher for students who were about to learn the art of architecture.

The end of the creative journey:

At the age of about 100 years, Sinan Agha left, upon his death, approximately 365 architectural monuments around the world, including more than 90 mosques, 55 schools, in addition to many small mosques and Quran memorization houses, hospitals, bridges, palaces, khans and baths, to become the largest and most important architect of his time. .

Many Turkish cities preserve his majestic historical works, especially the city of Istanbul, which includes many mosques and ancient palaces built by Sinan. It is worth mentioning that these historical monuments made Istanbul one of the most important tourist places in Turkey and the world. In addition to being the focus of attention of foreign investors looking for apartments for sale in European Istanbul and villas for sale in Asian Istanbul, where its historical mosques and palaces add high value to the city in general, and to its real estate in particular.

Architect Sinan passed away, and his works remained immortal through time, reflecting to the world his unique architectural ingenuity and creativity around the world.

If you are going to visit Istanbul this year for the summer vacation or for the purpose of real estate investment , to buy apartments in Istanbul with the aim of obtaining Turkish citizenship or real estate residence in Turkey, we recommend that you visit some of the tourist sites that bear the signature of Mimar Sinan and are considered one of the greatest landmarks of Islamic civilization

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