Mimar Sinan

1490 - 1588

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Mimar Sinan (Ottoman Turkish: معمار سينان‎, romanized: Mi'mâr Sinân, Turkish: Mimar Sinan, pronounced [miːˈmaːɾ siˈnan]) (c. 1488/1490 – July 17, 1588) also known as Koca Mi'mâr Sinân Âğâ, ("Sinan Agha the Grand Architect" or "Grand Sinan") was the chief Ottoman architect (Turkish: mimar) and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. He was responsible for the construction of more than 300 major structures and other more modest projects, such as schools. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mimar Sinan has received more than 692,041 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 111 in 2019). Mimar Sinan is the 4th most popular architect (down from 3rd in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Turkish Architect.

Mimar Sinan is most famous for being the chief architect of the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. He was one of the most prolific architects of the Ottoman Empire and designed many mosques, schools, hospitals, and tombs.

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  • 114

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Among architects, Mimar Sinan ranks 4 out of 424Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Le Corbusier, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. After him are Vitruvius, Imhotep, Filippo Brunelleschi, Andrea Palladio, Donato Bramante, Albert Speer, Leon Battista Alberti, and Walter Gropius.

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Among people born in 1490, Mimar Sinan ranks 1After him are Olaus Magnus, Albert, Duke of Prussia, Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Adrian Willaert, Vittoria Colonna, Huáscar, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Albert of Brandenburg, Florian Geyer, Ebussuud Efendi, and Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. Among people deceased in 1588, Mimar Sinan ranks 1After him are Paolo Veronese, Frederick II of Denmark, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, 3rd Dalai Lama, Henri, Prince of Condé, Qi Jiguang, Johann Weyer, Bernardino Telesio, Alonso Sánchez Coello, and Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Mimar Sinan ranks 18 out of 1,128Before him are Diogenes (-404), Ahmed I (1590), Saint Nicholas (270), Murad IV (1612), Galen (129), and Murad III (1546). After him are Mehmed III (1566), Hesiod (-800), Strabo (-64), Bayezid I (1354), Bayezid II (1447), and Helena (250).

Among ARCHITECTS In Turkey

Among architects born in Turkey, Mimar Sinan ranks 1After him are Hippodamus of Miletus (-498), Isidore of Miletus (442), Sostratus of Cnidus (-290), Toros Toramanian (1864), and Gülsün Sağlamer (1945).