From the Ansa news org., Mimar Sinan is being celebrated by Rome, for his architectural masterpieces, that include the walls around Jerusalem, palaces and mausoleums and other works. This is an interesting story. Appointed chief architect of the Empire by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1539, Mimar Sinan was one those conscripted males the Turkish Islamic empire that was aken from his home as a child and forcibly converted to Islam (forgetting that there’s no compulsion of religion in Islam?) to serve the empire.
This formerly (before being forcibly persuaded) orthodox Christian man happens to have been responsible for some of the most magnificent buildings in the Muslim Turkish empire, and today, who knows anything about this man being forced renounce his religion, and take up the beliefs of the musulman. The Tundra Tabloids finds it greatly telling and fitting that the buildings of the largest Muslim empire where the works of a forced convert to Islam.
Islam would never have its great works and achievements without the forced involvement of it subjects, and then the musulman thumps his chest with pride and tells of the greatness of Islamic history. The TT heard that same rubbish from the OIC’s hench midget loser, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu himslef, back in 2008 in Helsinki, where he took credit for Islam every positive attribute Christian Europe bequeathed to the civilized world. That’s the legacy of Islam, gross theft from other cultures and assassination, and yes, I’m sure that they’re proud that assassination is an Arabic word, how telling is that? KGS
In 1512, Sinan was conscripted into Ottoman service via the devşirme system. He went to Istanbul as a recruit of the Janissary Corps, and (TT: forcibly) converted to Islam (TT: or not all). Since he was over twenty-one years old, he was not admitted to the imperial Enderun School in the Topkapı Palace but was sent instead to an auxiliary school. Some records claim that he might have served the Grand Vizier İbrahim Paşa as a novice of the Ibrahim Pasha School. Possibly, he was given the Islamic name Sinan there. He initially learned carpentry and mathematics but through his intellectual qualities and ambitions, he soon assisted the leading architects and got his training as an architect.
Born in the age of Michelangelo and Palladio (Kaysariye, the ancient Caesaria, 1489 – dead in Istanbul, 1588), Sinan was the responsible for the construction and supervision of the Ottoman Empire’s most important buildings. He innovated the architecture of his age and became a symbol of peace from Eastern Europe to Middle East. His artistic life is described by 50 large format photographs in chronological order and by copies of those 16th century miniatures whose originals have been unfortunately stopped at Turkish customs and that should have been on display in Rome’s former Aquarium.
”Mimar Sinan was a splendid artist. He was appointed chief architect of the Empire by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1539, and he managed to keep that role for about fifty years, working with sultans Selim II and Murad III”, project responsible and the above mentioned photographs’ author Mustafa Aksay tells ANSAmed. He’s been credited with more than three hundred structures: mosques (often with accompanying complex of adjacent buildings), palaces, public bathrooms (hammams), caravanserais, mausoleums, and many other structures of public interest like bridges, aqueducts, all throughout the Empire. ”Jerusalem’s walls, Damasco’s Door, and the Imarat, the public kitchen of the Holy City were built under his direction”, Aksay explains.
”Thanks to this fortification built by the Ottoman architect, he adds, Jerusalem’s inhabitants felt safer.” Born as an Orthodox Christian, the Empire’s first architect was recruited with the ‘devsirme’ practice (young men’s compulsory recruitment) in the Anatolian region of Kaysery and brought to Istanbul for his military education; he later got into the janissary troop. ”It is uncertain if Sinan converted to Islam or not. What is certain on the other hand is that this man is a symbol of tolerance still nowadays”, Aksay affirms. Nine countries except Turkey saw Sinan at work: Syria, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Bosnia Erzegovina, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece.