Ottoman Architecture Essay

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There are few things that actually do last. Legends, arts, beliefs, and architecture are among the few that actually do last. Architecture can be defined as a practice of constructing and designing a building project. However, the Islamic architecture has a distinctive range of both religious and secular styles that have been influenced by the Islamic culture. Furthermore, The structure of Islamic architecture that is used in mosques, tombs, palaces and fountains is unavoidable in sight. The relationship between early Islamic architecture and modern foundation of construction provides a penetrating overview of encompass of Islamic culture in Iran, Tunisia, India, and Turkey. However, Turkey was such a desirable region and preserved of the…show more content…
The main building materials used in Ottoman architecture were baked brick, tiles, plaster, stained glass and clear glass, cut limestone, marble and wood. The most significant architect during the Ottoman Empire’s reign was Mimar Sinan. Sinan was the imperial architect of 3 Ottoman sultans, he was one of the advanced architects, he developed an acoustic design that made the echo clearer by doing special shapes of domes. According to Necipoglu (2005), during Sinan’s 50 years as an Imperial architect, he built a total of 477 buildings that range from mosques, colleges, bath houses, palaces, public kitchens and hospitals. His most known buildings are: the Suleiman Mosque in Istanbul, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne and Bath of Roxelana. During the ottoman empire, many masterpieces were built. One of the monumental buildings of the ottoman empire that is still remaining is the Suleymaniye Mosque. The Suleymaniye Mosque was designed by Sinan in which he tried to include the best features of Hagia Sophia in to an Islamic building (Sacred Destinations, 2011). Sacred Destinations (2011) asserted that the Mosque was constructed on the order of Sultan Suleiman and it is considered second largest and most wonderful mosque in Istanbul city. The main dome of this mosque is surrounded by four hundred smaller domes creating pyramidal effect (Goodwin, 1997). Moreover, the mosque also have four
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