The Symbol of the Ottoman Empire: Selimiye Mosque

The construction of the mosque started in 1568 with the order of Selim II and it took 7 years and hard work of thousands of people to complete. It is regarded as the most important work of the Ottoman architecture and has been described by Mimar Sinan as his “masterpiece”.

The Mother Sultans – 1 / Safiye Sultan

For 400 years, one of the most important roles in the Ottoman Empire was that of a woman: The Mother Sultan. In this blog series, we focus on some these powerful, effectual woman and their harritage in today’s Turkey.
Safiye Sultan… Foreigners described her as smart, intelligent, elegant, witty, proud and “a man of his word”…

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