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