Found project: Şehzade Mosque


    Project : Şehzade Mosque

    Language variant : Şehzade Camii

    Architect : Sinan

    Completion: 1548

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Ottoman architecture

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    Description :

    “Sinan says: ‘I have written a unique booklet describing in thirteen chapters the large and smaller mosques and other important buildings I have designed and built. I have entitled this work “Tezkiretü’l Ebniye”. I hope that, God willing, good-hearted friends who visit my works will look at them with mercy as they realize the seriousness and endeavour with which I have strived, and eternally remember me with blessings.’

    The Şehzade Mosque was the first major project undertaken by Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan (1489-1588). The construction began in 1543 and was completed five years later. This is Sinan’s second semi-domed attempt, and corresponds to the last stage in the development of this type of structure. It is striking that, after designing only a few mosques, Sinan should succeed to produce such a bold and at the same time mature work. Here, despite his general preference for greater simplicity, Sinan has created his most decorated building, perhaps because it was designed in memory of the death of a very young prince – Şehzade Mehmet, the son of Sultan Suleiman I, who had died of smallpox at the age of 21. The plan of the Şehzade Mosque met with great success, and serve as a model for large mosques built after Sinan such as the Yeni Valide Mosque (1597-1663), the Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque (1609-17) as well as the Yeni (New) Fatih Mosque (1667-1771).”

    Reha Günay, Sinan: The Architect and His Works, Doruk Grafik San, 4th edition, Istanbul, 2006, pp. 22, 56-57

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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