Mimar Sinan is the best known architect of the Ottoman Empire.
His origin is uncertain. Sinan started his career as a christian
slave. He participated in several campaigns as a member of the
yard cavalry and as a military engineer. The success of his war-
related buildings helped him to become the chief architectural
authorithy of the Empire. His long life, fifty years of which he
spent as the chief architect, coincided with the golden age of
empire. The conquered areas provided plenty of construction
tasks, as well as did the clients, who were aspiring for
architectural representation worthy of their rank – among them
the monarch and his wider environment. In addition, the empire,
not being without financial resources, was also able to realize
these plans. He became a symbol of the most glorious era of the
Ottoman Empire through his works.