The Wild Reed: Istanbul. Mimar Koca Sinan Aga (ca – usually shortened to Mimar Sinan (“Architect Sinan”). No other single designer has ever shaped a city as Sinan did Istanbul during his 50 years as chief royal architect for three Ottoman sulta
A ‘başıbozuk’ (irregular soldier of the Ottoman army). From the Balkans (Epirus or Albania). Late-ottoman, half of the century. This doesn't look a like a Bashi Bazouk but more like a normal Greek or Albanian male.