sinan pasha


“The stunning Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren, Kosovo, designed by the famed Ottoman architect Sinan and built in 1615. Local legend says that bits and pieces of a nearby Orthodox monastery that had been abandoned before the arrival of the Ottomans were collected to be used in the mosque’s construction.  In the mosque there is a large open women’s balcony on top, but when the bottom wasn’t full it was also common for women to pray on the bottom as well, even at the front as the 1st photo shows.” Photos by Alex Shams  


favourite sultana meme: 2 anecdotes ♦ the dismissal of Sinan Pasha

“According to the Venetian ambassador Paulo Contarini, the dismissal of the grand vezir Sinan Pasha in 1582 was due in large part to the efforts of the queen mother, Nurbanu Sultan, who wanted her own candidate in the post. In addition, observed Contarini, she was motivated by a desire "to avenge herself for the words that Sinan had dared to speak, that empires are not governed with the counsel of women, and moreover that authority did not rest with her, even though she might try to make it seem so, but rather with the sultana consort.”’ It was perhaps at that moment, a year before the death of Nurbanu, that the combined power of the queen mother and the favorite was the greatest.“ – Leslie P. Peirce - The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

“We won the battle, but we lost Sinan.” -Sultan Selim

January 22, 1517- Sultan Selim Yavuz inflicts his final defeat on the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt at the Battle of Ridaniya, ending a conflict that had only lasted a year. During the battle, Mamluk riders attacked and killed Grand Vizier Hadım Sinan Pasha, thinking he was the sultan. The Mamluk state collapsed shortly after and most of the Middle East fell under Ottoman control. The Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina were added to Selim’s empire and he was the first Ottoman sultan to be proclaimed Caliph. For the first time in two centuries, an Ottoman sultan ruled over more Muslims than Christians, drastically changing the balance of power, culture, and commerce with the empire. Selim also paved the way for his successors to expand further into Arabia, Africa, and beyond.

Picture- Outline of the Ottoman Empire, from the Theatro d'el Orbe de la Tierra, Abraham Ortelius, 1570