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May 2018: To experience Ottoman Architecture and Sinan’s glories; I set my trip to Turkey. I had been honored by the Turkish Consulate General in Mumbai as they issued me ‘visa on gratis’ valid through 2 years.

I was received warmly by the Office of Historic Areas of Istanbul Site Directorate – Dr. Halil Onur, Mr. Muzaffer Şahin, Mr. Ümit Başaran & team along-with photographer Mr Kamil Fırat. Having escorted to a trip to Edirne to visit Sinan’s masterpiece the Selimiye Mosque & Büyükçekmece Bridge (Mimar Sinan Bridge), it got me the rare opportunity to climb one of the triple-staircase minarets up to the topmost balcony.