Photographer's Note

A little girl is running away from the water jet, which suddenly began spraying water on the grass of Suleymaniye Mosque's garden...

The Suleymaniye Mosque (1550-1557) which was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan on the order of sultan Suleyman I (Suleyman the Magnificent), is considered to be a kind of architectural answer to the Byzantine Hagia Sophia, commissioned by the Emperor Justinian. The Hagia Sophia, converted into a sultanic mosque under Mehmet II, served as a model to other sultanic mosques in Istanbul, all of which have a certain basic similarity in structure, in order to visually represent the line of succession from sultan to sultan. Sinan's Sulimaniye is a more symmetrical, rationalized and light-filled interpretation of earlier Ottoman precedents, as well as the Hagia Sophia. It is possible that dialogue between Italy and Istanbul contributed to Sinan's enthusiasm for symmetrical and rational forms, as promoted by writers like Alberti.

The Suleymaniye plays on Suleyman's self-conscious representation of himself as a 'second Solomon.' It references the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of the Temple of Solomon, as well as Justinian's boast upon the completion of the Hagia Sophia: "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!" The Suleymaniye, being more magnificent than the preceding structures, asserts sultan Suleyman's historical importance. The structure is nevertheless smaller in size than its milenium older archetype, the Hagia Sophia.

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