This is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging survey of Ottoman Architecture ever produced. It extends to over 700 pages and is illustrated with over 1000 fabulous illustrations, plans of buildings, maps and drawings. The author is a leading authority on the subject having taught throughout the United States, in Paris and in Istanbul. Whilst this work will become an invaluable reference tool to students, its appeal will also be broadened due to the high quality of its photographs, many of which were commissioned for the publication. In particular the reader will be impressed by the superb interiors of buildings often decorated by stunning Iznik tiles.
Ottoman Architecture developed in parallel with the political structure of the Ottoman Empire. Located
at the intersection of Asia and Europe it was influenced by the numerous competing traditions of Islam, China, the Mediterranean and Byzantine worlds. Building on its early development particularly in Bursa and Edirne at the end of the 14th Century, the Ottoman world reached its high point during the so called Classical period 1437-1703 notably under the Sultans Suleyman 1st and Selim 2nd. The finest architectural achievements were undoubtedly the works of the court architect Sinan 1489-1588. It is these works that form the core of this spectacular book.
This book, unlike any other, also seeks to survey the extensive building works of the Ottomans throughout their Empire which extend to Damascus, Cairo and as far as the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina.