The architect Sinan (1489-1588) designed and built some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. He also inspired others, including the famous Blue Mosque, or Sultanahmet mosque, depicted above, which was designed and built by the architect Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, a student of Sinan just after Sinan's lifetime, in the style Sinan invented.
The snowstorm photos were posted on Facebook here by Seref Ozen, a dealer in fabulous rugs. We visited his shop near this mosque in 2006, and I became his Facebook friend soon after that. The Istanbul that exists today, like the city in the novel is a magical place, unfortunately also full of problems maybe not that different from the ones in the novel.
|Mihrimah's Mosque, designed and built by Sinan, is one of the many buildings discussed in The Architect's Apprentice. |
On our 2006 visit, this mosque was closed because of earthquake damage, but we saw this view of the exterior.
I loved the plot, the human characters, the animal characters, and the descriptions in this novel, which is so charming that the reader doesn't have to stop and think about whether it's true to historical fact -- other than imagining the beautiful sights, aromas, and relationships, in the magical city of Istanbul.
|Interior of the Rustem Pasha mosque: also by Sinan.|
Photo from our 2006 visit.