A 52 min. documentary, directed by Remmelt Lukkien - Sinan was the Chief Architect of the Ottoman Empire for 50 years (until the age of 98!), during this period the Ottoman Empire was at the pinnacle of its power and wealth, and he was an architectural genius.Sinan is a Turkish cultural hero and the foremost architect in Islamic history. Born a Christian, he was converted to Islam when enlisted for the elite Ottoman army corps of the Janissaries, where he was trained as a carpenter. On military campaigns in Europe and Asia he demonstrated an outstanding talent for design and construction. Years later, when he was appointed Chief Architect of the huge Ottoman Empire, his greatest desire was to build mosques. Sinan’s splendid domed mosques and slender minarets, have defined the famous skyline of Istanbul for hundreds of years.
Challenged by Christian architects, Sinan set out to surpass the immense dome of the Byzantine Hagia Sophia basilica with his last Royal Friday Mosque, ‘Selimiye’, regarded by many as Sinan’s masterpiece and the culmination of classical dome building.
Screened at FIFA 2010 (Festival International du Film sur L'Art), Montréal, Canada.
Camera Gilles Frenken, sound Tolga Yelekçi, editing Elli Safari, production Aylin Çetinkaya. Produced by Lasso for AVRO TV. © 2008 Lasso Film & TV Production, Amsterdam, Netherlands. - AVAILABLE ON DVD from firstname.lastname@example.org - Other films by Remmelt Lukkien: vimeo.com/lassofilm/videos