El Croquis, Issue 160: Bevk Perovic 2004-2012 Conditionalism

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Sinan’s crowning masterpiece was the Selimiye in Edirne, a superb imperial mosque that he built in the years 1569–75 for Selim II, who died before it was completed. 13╇ The Sultanate of Women Selim II, known to theTurks as Sarhoş, or the Sot, was the first of a succession of weak and ineffective sultans, some of them insane, who ruled during the long decline of the Ottoman Empire that began after the death of Süleyman the Magnificent. The reign of Selim II began a period in Ottoman history known as Kadınlar Sultanatı, the Sultanate of Women, when the power behind the throne was either the sultan’s favourite wife or his mother, the Valide Sultan.

A modification of the Bursa type appears in which the second unit has only a semidome; mosques of this type always have side chambers. indd 20 28/10/10 2:27 PM A History of Ottoman Architecture Ottomans. This consists of a multiplicity of domes of equal size supported on pillars, of which there are monumental examples in Bursa and Edirne. There are also a few examples of an outdoor place of prayer called a namazgah, which in its simplest type consists of little more than a mihrab. The grandest extant example is the namazgah of Esma Sultan, daughter of Ahmet III, built in 1779 below the ancient Hippodrome in Istanbul.

These hans were virtually self-sufficient institutions, each of them with a kitchen, dining-hall, public bath, toilets, blacksmith, and mescit; they were the mainstays of Istanbul’s commercial life all through the Ottoman period and scores of them are still functioning today. 10╇ The hamam One of the most important of these Ottoman foundations was the hamam, or public bath, whose revenues were often used to pay for the upkeep of the other institutions in a külliye. There are well over one hundred of these old Ottoman hamams still functioning in Istanbul, as well as others throughout western Turkey, the oldest being in Bursa.

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