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The apogee of Soliman’s reign has for a long time obscured the various seminal disruptions brought into Anatolia by the precursors of the empire. Amongst these were the first Turkish emirates who took advantage of an ebbing Byzantine empire in orderMoreThe apogee of Soliman’s reign has for a long time obscured the various seminal disruptions brought into Anatolia by the precursors of the empire. Amongst these were the first Turkish emirates who took advantage of an ebbing Byzantine empire in order to establish themselves in the peninsula. The Ottoman dynasty would of course have the most celebrated destiny, but the architectural, artistic, intellectual, social and economic supremacy which, together with territorial expansion, would take the empire to its zenith, has also resulted in the radical initiatives undertaken by the emirates to reach the highest levels of sophistication in art and architecture. Having inherited a Seljuq Anatolia, itself heiress of Persian, Syrian and Iraqi influences and trustee of the major Christian builders in the Near-East, the emirates deliberately imprinted their seal in every region which had not yet been in contact with Turkish-Islamic culture, through continuous attempts at artistic, cultural and social innovations. This methodical enterprise that was undertaken over the 14th and 15th centuries resulted in a true cohesionwhich contributed to the empire apogee of the 16th century.This MWNF Exhibition Trail, therefore, aims to highlight theimmeasurable technical prowess which, applied in practiceon Anatolian soil, would lead to the culmination of the variedtypology of mosque designs: the ‘monumental unifiedmosque’, for example with its central cupola- the architecturalstyle known to have become the glory of the Ottoman empire.The effervescent inventiveness seen in the cultural andpolitical centres Milas, Selçuk, Birgi, Manisa, Bursa, Iznik,Çanakkale and Edirne, is revealed in the madrasas, andmonumental tombs and the secular buildings,hammams or caravanserais, where a melting potteeming with cross-influences yields, finally, a coherent andtotally authentic creative style and a basis for the later art ofthe Ottoman empire.