Mimar Sinan Tomb
Address: Süleymaniye Mahallesi Fetva Yokuşu Sokak, Eminönü Fatih
Working Hours: Every day
Mimar Sinan Turbesi, the tomb of the great architect Sinan, is located on the site of the former Ottoman imaret - the soup kitchen that once provided food for millions of people. Because Sinan lived for many years near the imaret, he chose to be buried there in an open-sided tomb - designed by himself - inside a walled, triangular garden with a water dispensary.
Born in 1490, Sinan was actually raised by Christian parents until the age of 21, when he became a part of the devsirme - the Sultan’s annual employment of Christian youths. He worked an assortment of jobs until being appointed Chief of the Imperial Architects near the age of fifty.
For the next half-century, he decorated the skyline of Istanbul with a number of mosques, palaces, and other structures - 86 of which still remain standing today. He died at the age of 97, and is remembered by Turks today as Koca Mimar Sinan, or Great Sinan the Architect.