HURREM SULTAN: A BELOVED WIFE OR MASTER MANIPULATOR?

As one of the most famous and controversial historical figures in Ottoman history, Hürrem Sultan is usually depicted as an ambitious and power-hungry character that manipulated Sultan Süleyman. But is this really the truth?
9 Ocak 2015 Cuma

AN ANCESTRAL LANGUAGE WITH A DIFFERENT ALPHABET

Recently proposed as an elective course at high schools, the Ottoman language is not entirely different from Turkish. lt is the ancestral language of Turks who have been living in Anatolia for centuries. The difference lies in its letters and the lack of invented words
3 Ocak 2015 Cumartesi

DISCOVER THE SEALS OF OTTOMAN SULTANS

The emperors’ seal, which was one of the most significant indicators of imperial authority, varied in ornamentation depending on cultural and regional characteristics. While European emperors had illustrated and ornate seals, Ottoman sultans merely featured decorative calligraphy
26 Aralık 2014 Cuma

MEMORIES OF ISTANBUL SHELTERED IN FIREPROOF LIBRARIES

Fires in Istanbul had been a centuries-long problem for the Ottomans. The libraries of the city, which were contructed with thick walls and brick roofs, survived the fires over the centuries and have kept the city’s memories alive
2 Aralık 2014 Salı

SEA BATHING, THE GOOD OLD FASHION WAY

Unlike swimming in a pool, the practice of sea bathing was once very popular. Women and men used to have their own public sea baths. Reminiscent of swimming pools, sea baths were not only seen as a refreshing and fun activity, but also a place for socializing.
10 Eylül 2014 Çarşamba

SMILE AND SAY 'CHEESE'

Tripod cameras attracted a great deal of attention when they were first introduced to Turkey in the 19th century in the final stages of the Ottoman Empire
7 Haziran 2014 Cumartesi

THE OTTOMAN AQUADUCT LEGACY

Water is a problematic issue facing humanity. Legends tell the story of men carrying water from mountains to marry the daughters of wealthy families. The Ottoman Empire resolved the problem by building aqueducts.
13 Mayıs 2014 Salı

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ARMENIANS (MILLET-I SADIKA)?

Under the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the Armenians were one of the three non-Muslim communities along with the Orthodox and Jewish people. They were called "millet-i sadıka" ("loyal people or nation") since they lived in harmony with the new rulers of Anatolia. According to Ottoman records dating back to 1914, the Armenian population was 1.23 million
25 Nisan 2014 Cuma

OTTOMAN MILITARY MARCHING BAND

It is well known that Ottoman janissary music inspired European composers. German composer Richard Wagner once said, "That is the real music"
20 Nisan 2014 Pazar

MUSLIMS COME FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF CONSTITUTIONS

The world's oldest written constitution was announced 14 centuries ago in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The constitution featured a precursor to democracy. Turks are recognized as the leading actor of modern constitution, history since 1808 and the Ottoman Empire adopted the regime of constitutional monarchy with the Constitution of 1876
12 Nisan 2014 Cumartesi

ISTANBUL COMES TO BLOOM WITH TULIPS

Turkish people are known to love flowers.
5 Nisan 2014 Cumartesi

AN EXOTIC COMMUNITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: THE LEVANTINES

There were once many Europeans settled in the eastern Mediterranean region for trade. This community was known as "Levantine," which means "eastern Mediterranean" in French
28 Mart 2014 Cuma

CELEBRATE WITH SWEETS ALL YEAR ROUND

There are different traditions in the preparation and serving of Turkish desserts. Certain sweets mark the occasion of important events within the year
21 Mart 2014 Cuma

MURDERS FOR A FALSE PARADISE: THE HASHSHASHINS

Founded by Hasan-e-Sabbah in the late 11th century, Hashshashins created fear by murdering officials throughout the Middle East and loaned a word to the English language: Assassins
21 Mart 2014 Cuma

NOTABLE LIFE OF MIHRIMAH SULTAN

Intelligent and charitable, Süleyman the Magnificent's daughter Mihrimah married a grand vizier, inspired Mimar Sinan, and advised her father and brother in state affairs
10 Mart 2014 Pazartesi

SULTAN SULEIMAN'S INACCURATE PORTRAYAL ON TV SHOW

The Lawgiver Sultan Suleiman's mother, Valide Sultan was a Crimean Tatar and points out that the Sultan was "not like he is portrayed in the TV drama", contrary to today's inaccurate depiction, he carried traits resembling the Tatars.
10 Mart 2014 Pazartesi

CRIMEA BETWEEN TWO FIRES

A homeland for Tatars since the eighth century and ruled by the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years until the Russian conquest, anything that happens in the Crimean peninsula reverberates in Turkey
7 Mart 2014 Cuma