The Selimiye
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Architect Sinan
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Location Edirne, Turkey
Date begun 1569   timeline
Building Type mosque
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate hot temperate
Context urban
Style Islamic, Ottoman exemplar
Notes Reminiscent of Hagia Sophia. Diagramatically a circle-on-square.




Axonometric Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion The Selimiye Commentary

"This building marks the culmination of Sinan's search for a more and more homogeneous interior. A single dome is supported on an octagon; it is 43 m. in diameter, and its buttressing is barely visible on the outside of the building."

—Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. p383.

Sources on The Selimiye

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD 2260.1012.0218.005.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p439, p441. photo p440. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. photo, drawing, p140. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. Fribourg, Switzerland: Office du Livre, 1977. discussion p383.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about The Selimiye


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