Acoustics and Lighting in Ottoman Monuments

Selçuk Aktürk and Metin Ilhan

Turkish monuments constructed centuries ago have been found to include surprisingly sophisticated designs for controlling sound and light.


Dome in Sinan’s masterpiece Selimiye in Edirne, Turkey.

The Ottoman civilization left behind a rich architectural heritage in the Middle East. The great architect Sinan (d. 1588) was responsible for several hundred structures spread over the Turkish Empire, and the great mosques—including Süleymaniye in Istanbul and Selimeye in Edirne—are considered his masterpieces.

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