“Sinan Diaryz: A Walking Tour of Mimar Sinan’s Monuments” was recently published in Istanbul and can be found on many Internet sites.
Captivated by Sinan’s work, I investigated further discovering many monuments besides the usual mosque that the master had designed. His interesting plans for these as well as baths, caravansaries, schools, bridges and other buildings intrigued me. Although he is listed in many guides and even more have written scholarly works on his buildings, at that time there were no guides soley for the architectural genius. I undertook the challenge.
To make the details of his life more immediate, I write from Sinan’s point of view in diary form. Introducing many buildings with his description of the patron, I compliment this with a discussion of the master’s architectural development and innovations. The walking tour is not limited to Istanbul for many of his monuments are in neighboring towns. The guide includes my illustrations and photographs, and blank pages for the visitor’s own diary.