Ottoman Empire architecture exhibition opens in Istanbul


An exhibition on the life and works of Turkish architect Mimar Sinan, who helped to shape the Ottoman Empire in the more than 400 years ago, has opened in Istanbul.

It is being staged by the Mimar Sinan Research Center at Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, and tells the story using 3-D animation techniques and digital maps.

During his lifetime, he built over 350 structures including mosques, water canals, bridges, palaces and Turkish baths. His creations can be found outside of Turkey, in cities like Sarajevo, Mecca and Medina.


The exhibition showcases pictures of his works, his building models and drawings with the focus on Sinan’s masterpieces and his architectural style.

“Our aim is to make people better understand him through this exhibition and to make them visit his real works in Istanbul,” Professor Demet Kiran, head of the Faculty of Architecture in the Istanbul-based Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University said.

“Istanbul attains its real silhouette with Sinan’s works. If you remove his works in Istanbul, nothing remains,” Turkish architect and engineer Cengiz Bektas added.

Sinan’s story is also told in the current bestselling novel The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak.

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