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Ottoman Empire

The Selimiye Camii in Edrine was built by Mimar Sinan for Sultan Selim II during the years 1569 to 1575. Sinan considered this splendid architectural achievement as the masterpiece of his career, surpassing even the Suleymaniye in majesty and grandeur. The mosque represents the culmination of classical Ottoman architecture. Its dome is 143 feet above the floor compared the Haghia Sophia's dome of 182 feet, but its overall proportions are exquisite. (Press here for 46K jpg)