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Suleymaniye Mosque Minbar by Jason Winn, RA, AICP, CEM, LEED AP+

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Jason Winn, RA, AICP, CEM, LEED AP+ Jason Winn, RA, AICP, CEM, LEED AP+
Explore score
0.63 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 21, 2011
Date taken
Mar 12, 2011

A poet, warrior, and statesmen, Sultan Süleyman presided over the golden era of the Ottoman Empire, an empire which last two thousand years. Sultan Süleyman of the Great Ottoman Empire presided over a “sultanate” but his realm mirrored the Kingdoms of Ananda and Empires of China. Historically empires sustain themselves with expansion into other lands. Sultan Süleyman engaged in this activity for fully half of his reign, but understood that the health of the empire had to be found from within. He became far more interested in expanding the majesty of the empire at the humanitarian level. To his own people, he was to become Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, the Law-giver.
When the Jews of Spain fled the Spanish Inquisition, they found homes provided in Constantinople, seat of Süleyman. Tribute lands of the empire were compelled to send a yearly quota of young men and women to be Janissary (soldiers) and civil servants. Though originally meant to be conscripts and hostages to keep the conquered lands under control, those taken were educated to university level and given places of power within the empire, often representing or overseeing their homelands. There is one tale of when a province had been deemed so honest and true to the empire that they were no longer going to have to provide people as tribute, but the province leaders filed a formal protest with the vizier’s council (advisors to the Sultan) to keep their representation at court.
One of the Janissary, Mimar Sinan, was educated as a war engineer, and proved his value in minor battles with the advent of novel siege engines. When peace prevailed, his exploits earned him the opportunity to become an architect. His degree of skill ultimately brought him court to be the Sultan’s architect. Süleyman’s final order to Sinan was to build his tomb, and a great mosque beside the tomb and a series of public works around the mosque. The complex includes a bath house, soup kitchen, theological colleges, a hospital, a medical school, a primary school, and a hostel for travelers.
Working the Sultan’s final gift into stone, Sinan paid deep tribute to the great work of Christian Constantinople: Hagia Sophia. Sinan streamlined the theories experimented with at Hagia Sophia, maximizing the seeming buoyance of the stone domes, admitting a higher volume of light. The vast space within seems to reach up beyond the sky, into the heavens.

Suleymaniye Mosque
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Suleiman the Magnificent
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Architect Mimar Sinan
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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 630 megapixels (25562 x 24676 pixels)
Input images: 108 (9 columns by 12 rows)
Field of view: 60.9 degrees wide by 58.8 degrees high (top=47.6, bottom=-11.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-03-12 12:29:01 - 2011-03-12 12:35:48
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 0.166667
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 253.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 24.5 to 48.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 21.1 to 24.0 percent
Computer stats: 3002.45 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:45:25 (0:58 per picture)
Alignment: 7:53, Projection: 10:45, Blending: 1:26:46

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