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Sinan Abdul Menan

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    Sinan Abdul Menan

    (d. 1588 )

    Also known as Mimar Sinan. Chief architect to the Ottoman court. Emerging from the devshirme system, Sinan began his career as a military engineer, eventually becoming chief architect in 1538 . Biographers attribute to him over 350 buildings, including mosques, madrasas, bridges, hospitals, palaces, baths, and mausoleums. His masterpieces include the mosques of Suleyman I in Istanbul ( 1559 ) and of Selim II in Edirne ( 1572 ), where the mature Ottoman style reached its zenith. Sinan's buildings are characterized by elegance and clarity of interior space.

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