There has always been a hype about drama serials that are based on real historic times. Call it a warrior story, call it a romantic Romeo-Juliet follower, or you may count it in as a curse-effected life that has been published or rephrased or filmed up by great actors of the recent times.
Likewise, there was a Turkish story that in that particular reign left a great positive effect on the recent generation. It highlighted the story of this king Suleiman, the MUHTEŞEM YÜZYIL (MERA SULTAN). The ruling strategies, the strictness of following rules and principles, the trade and investment policies and other legal systems were such so astonishing that anyone who seeks to find guidance for any particular aspect from this history period, can only bring a positive and righteous principle in their life.
ACTOR WHO PLAYED SULEIMAN’S ROLE
Talking about the ruler, the great Sultan Suleiman, son of predecessor Selim I, was the One who was the rock in building Turkey’s actual significance on the globe it is now. All the military accomplishments achieved by him are the benchmark in the Ottoman history. This great ruler was born Muslim in 1494 on 6th November and started his reign by 30th September 1520 and his ruling period ended along with his death in 1566 on 7th September. This is the reason he was called the tenth and longest reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire who ruled for 45 years in the Ottoman history. He was an accomplished poet under takhallus (Muhibbi) and an admiring goldsmith. He was friend with his slave Pargali Ibrahim who later became his most trusted advisor and Grand Vizier during his ruling period. He died in Hungary and was buried in Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul.
The growth of Ottoman Empire was the result of 13 imperial campaigns (Sefer-i-humayun) led by Suleiman. They included the Campaign of Belgrade, Rhodes, Mohacs, Vienna, Koszeg, Persia, Corfu/Apulia, Moldavia, Hungary, Iran, Nakhchivan and Szigeth.
When there is a king, and a palace (Royal House of Osman), there definitely would be a queen and a quarrel between her and female servants that are all meant to be Sultan’s consort. And that is the place called Harem where all women of family and female servants serving Sultan lived naked.
Ayse Hafsa Sultan was the first Valide Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. She was a significant feature in the history of the empire.
MOTHER OF SULTAN
Mahidevran Sultan was Suleimnan’s consort and was nicknamed ‘Gulbahar’ by Sulieman. She gave birth to 3 children of Sultan. She had a rival with Sultan’s favorite consort Hurrem Hatun that resulted in attack on Hurrem Hatun for which she was sent to Manisa with her only alive son Mustafa for him to rule that place. After her son’s execution, she lived in poverty but was later been put on salary by her stepson Selim II. She died in 1581.
Hatice Sultan (sister) was married to Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, the Sultan’s most trusted advisor, Grand Vizier and close friend but was strangled on Sultan’s orders on the reason of being pride with the accomplishments he got along with Sultan and his dishonesty later. She died in 1538 before Hurrem Sultan.
Sah Sultan (sister) was married to Lutfi Pasha, the future Grand Vizier but had continuous quarrel with him. She was beaten up by her husband for which she had him beaten in return and complained Sultan Suleiman and got divorced with her husband which led to deposition of Lutfi Pasha as Grand Vizier. She died in 1572 after Hurrem Sultan.
Gulfam Hatun who served Khazeena sultan also had a child with Sultan and was very honest and dear to Sultan ‘s heart but was strangled by Sultan later.
Hurrem Sultan was a Christian girl name Roxelena (Alexandra) from Ruthenia brought to Sultan as a servant. But with time she became Sultan’s favorite and became legal wife of Sultan Suleiman. She gave birth to six children of Sultan. She was a prominent feature in Ottoman history and achieved great power. She built many mosques, schools for the state and did charities. Sultan wrote many poems in her love and made various beautiful jewelry for her. She was targeted by many controversies but fought with great will and love for Suleiman, and struggled to manage her children and live with Sultan in his place breaking the tradition of state. She died before Suleiman in 1558 in Topokapi Palace.
REAL HURREM SULTAN
ACTRESS WHO PLAYED HURREM SULTAN’S ROLE
Sultan had 11 children in his life, Shehzade Selim II became the next Sultan of the Empire.
Shehzade Mustafa was Suleiman’s eldest son from Mahidevran Sultan, and was executed by Sultan during Safavid Persia Campaign in 1553 due to him causing conflicts in state affairs. He was buried in Bursa.
Shehzadi Mehrima Sultan was married to Rustam Pasha but she was not satisfied with the wedding due to which she turned her attention in the political affairs of the country and travelled the Ottoman Empire with her father. Later she had a DAUGHTER WITH RUSTAM PASHA. She built two mosques Mehrima and Eskeli Mosques , wrote letters to Sigismund II, and functioned as Valide Sultan to her brother Sultan SelimII, even lent him she lent 50,000 gold sovereigns to fulfill his immediate requirements in running the state. She died in 1578.
MEHRIMA SULTAN (DAUGHTER)
Shehzade Selim, son by Hurrem Sultan became the next ruler Sultan Selim II in 1566 after the death of Sultan Suleiman till his own death in 1574.
SULTAN SELIM II (SON OF SULTAN SULEIMAN)
Shehzade Mehmed, the eldest son by Hurrem Sultan, participated in Esztergom campaign, and had a child with Esmehan Baharnaz Sultan, Sah Sultan’s daughter. But he died very early in 1543 at the age of 22, due to small pox.
Shehzade Abdullah, son by Hurrem Sultan died in very little age due to small pox.
Shehzade Bayezid, Hurrem’s son was supported by Mehrima for the throne, died in 1525.
Shehzade Chihangir, son by Hurrem Sultan lived longer.
Shehzade Mahmud died after birth.
Shehzade Murad died after birth.
Shehzade Ahmed died after birth.
Shehzadi Razeye Sultan, daughter by Mahidevran died after birth.
Some other pictures of Royal palace and tombs and buildings that were built by the Royal Family
NEW HURREM SULTAN CASTED IN THE SERIAL MUHTESEM YUZIL (MERA SULTAN)
MEHRIMA WITH HER DAUGHTER IN A SERIAL SCENE
BAS-RELIEF OF SULEIMAN
JOHN SIGMUND OH HUNGARY WITH SULTAN SULEIMAN BY ARTIST NASSU AFANDI
MAHIDEVRAN IN HER ROOM
A HAREM SCENE
VALIDYE SULTAN IN HAREM
BAAB-E-HUMAYUN PALACE OF HATICE SULTAN AND IBRAHIM PASHA
TURKISH BATH CONSTRUCTED IN ISTANBUL BY HURREM
LETTER WRITTEN BY HURREM TO SIGMUND II AUGUSTUS
TOMB OF HURREM SULTAN
STATUE OF HOORAM SULTAN BUILT IN UKRAINE