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Suleiman the Magnificent and His Mosque

August 12th 2015
So, who, exactly, decided Suleiman was magnificent? Was it his mother? His wife? She had good reason to think well of him. Maybe one of his concubines? We know he had at least three. Who was this guy? I got interested in Suleiman because of the mosque named for him. Suleiman wanted to turn Constantinople into the jewel of the Ottoman Empire, and to that end he had Mimar Sinan, one of the greatest ... read more
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Turkish Flag Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
14th August 2015

Amazing Islamic Art!
Suleiman and Sinan were two of my favorite characters in Turkey, and I traveled around to see Sinan's architectural masterpieces. Isn't it wonderful how Suleiman was not only a great lawgiver but also a poet and promoter of the arts. We just don't get leaders like this anymore. And how fun to get lost in those wonderful little streets of medieval Istanbul--it brings back lovely memories. Thanks!
15th August 2015

So beautiful
My only disappointment was that I don't read Arabic and couldn't decipher the calligraphic art. But it really didn't matter, it was so lovely. And the more I learned about Suleiman, the more impressed I was. Well, except for the part where he had his son strangled...

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