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Sinan: Architect of a Forgotten Renaissance

Between 1491 and 1500 were born four rulers who shaped the destiny of Europe: François I of France, Henry VIII of England, Charles V of Spain (later Holy Roman Emperor), and Süleyman the Magnificent, ruler of an Ottoman Empire that was to reach, during his reign, from Algeria to Azerbaijan, from Budapest to Aden. It was the great age of High Renaissance architecture, of Leonardo and Michelangelo, of Palladio and Raphael, when drawn imagination became built brick and stone, and the granduers of antique and pagan Rome were matched by the glories of a Rome revived for Catholic Christianity. No Defender of the Christian Faith, however, equalled Islamic Süleyman as patron, and no Italian masterminded even half as much construction as Sinan, his architect and engineer. yet Sinan (c.1491–1588) is hardly known to western art historians.

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