Sinan the Architect’s Mausoleum
The Mausoleum of Sinan the Architect, located on the corner across the Eski Ağalar Gate of the Süleymaniye Mosque, on a triangular land at the road intersection, has been restored by Gürsoy Group in 2011 with the approval of the Ministry of Culture. Sinan the Architect had personally built this mausoleum with six columns, that is covered at the top and the perimeter of which is open, and has a fountain made of pure marble in front.
The building with marble sarcophagus and twisting turban, which was previously restored in 1933 by Architect Vasfi Egeli, holds the features of both being the eternal resting place of a world renowned artist and being a Sinan building.
Among the masterpieces of Sinan the Architect, who has lived during 1490 - 1588 and is the most important name of Turkish architectural history by his works expanding over a broad geography as the chief architect of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Süleymaniye and Selimiye Mosques are listed among the most distinguished specimens of world architecture.
The engineering solutions that Sinan the Architect, who has designed and built 364 buildings throughout his life, as 84 mosques, 53 masjids, 57 madrasahs, 7 darülkurra (Koran reading schools), 22 mausoleums, 17 soup-kitchens, 3 darüşşifa (hospitals), 5 aqueducts, 8 bridges, 20 caravansaries, 35 palaces, 8 vaults and 48 baths, developed by setting off from the verse “We buried mountains on earth like nails...", are renowned by their feature of adding static strength as well as aesthetics and splendor to buildings.