A History of Ottoman Architecture

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WIT Press, 2011 - Architecture - 437 pages
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This book, intended for audiences with an interest in architecture, particularly that of the Ottoman Turks, is focused on the history of the extant buildings in the Republic of Turkey. The books begins with a brief history of the Ottoman Empire and develops by outlining the mains features of Ottoman architecture and discusses the biography of the great Ottoman architect Sinan.The successive chapters will follow the development Ottoman architecture, first in Iznik (Nicaea), then in Bursa and Edirne, their first and second capitals, and finally in Istanbul, the capital from 1453 until 1923. The first of the several chapters on Istanbul will describe the rebuilding of the city, Greek Constantinople, after its conquest in 1454 by Sultan Mehmet II, who began the construction program that created a new Muslim capital. The remaining chapters will follow the development of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul during the reigns of Mehmet's successors, particularly Süleyman the Magnificent, who with his chief architect Sinab erected the most splendid mosque complexes that still adorn the old city.
 

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Contents

The Ottoman Turks and their Architecture
1
Early Ottoman Architecture in Northwestern Anatolia
35
Ottoman Architecture in Turkish Thrace
63
The Conquerors City
99
Topkapi Sarayi
139
The Emergence of Classical Ottoman Architecture
183
Süleyman the Magnificent and Sinan the Early Buildings
215
The Süleymaniye
245
Sinans Later Works in Istanbul
269
Sinans Contemporaries and Successors in the Classical Tradition
311
The Eighteenth Century From Classical to Baroque
355
The Last Ottoman Century
393
Turkish Glossary
431
The Ottoman Sultans
433
Bibliography
435
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John Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1926. During World War II, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He studied physics at Iona College and New York University and did thermonuclear research at the Forrestal Research Center, Princeton University. In 1960, he took a post teaching theoretical physics at Robert College, Istanbul. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Strolling Through Istanbul written with Hilary Sumner-Boyd, Jem Sultan, Storm on Horseback, The Grand Turk, Aladdin's Lamp, Light from the East, and Before Galileo. He died on April 20, 2017 at the age of 90.

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