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Rise of the Ottoman Empire – Bursa
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Rise of the Ottoman Empire – Bursa

By the beginning of the 15th century, Bursa had not been the capital city of the Ottoman Empire for 37 years. Sultan Murad I conquered Adrianople in 1363, renamed it in Edirne and moved the ...
Grand Mosque – Bursa
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Grand Mosque – Bursa

The monumental Grand Mosque represents the culmination of the initial period in the history of the Ottoman Empire. In my previous post, I wrote about the birth of the empire that started ...
Birth of the Ottoman Empire – Bursa
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Birth of the Ottoman Empire – Bursa

Certainly, the best place to see the Ottoman heritage is Istanbul. It was the Ottoman capital for 470 years and evidently the Ottoman rulers and other dignitaries of the empire left the mark ...
Bursa
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Bursa

After a week in Istanbul, it was time for me to move to Bursa, the second destination during my five-week travel across Turkey. When you choose to travel in Turkey the way I did, it is an ...
Sultanate of Women
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Sultanate of Women

The Sultanate of Women is a fascinating period of time in the Ottoman history. It started in approximately 1533, when Suleiman the Magnificent married the love of his life - Hürrem Sultan. ...
Ottoman Imperial Opulence – Topkapi Palace Istanbul
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Ottoman Imperial Opulence – Topkapi Palace Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace - imperial court and centre of the Ottoman power for 375 years - is possibly the most famous of all Ottoman heritage in Istanbul. Approximately 30 sultans ruled the empire ...
Harem
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Harem

Without any doubt, the Topkapi Palace is probably the most famous of all Ottoman heritage in Istanbul. Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror commissioned its construction shortly after the conquest of ...
Ottoman Fountains – Istanbul
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Ottoman Fountains – Istanbul

Ottoman fountains are a prominent feature of the Ottoman heritage in Istanbul. The monumental imperial mosques, historically and architecturally significant, dominate areas in which they ...
Ottoman Imperial Mosques – Istanbul (part 2)
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Ottoman Imperial Mosques – Istanbul (part 2)

The Ottoman army conquered Constantinople in 1453. The Ottoman Sultanate was abolished in 1922. The city of Constantinople or Istanbul, as it is now called, was under the Ottoman rule for ...
Ottoman Imperial Mosques – Istanbul (part 1)
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Ottoman Imperial Mosques – Istanbul (part 1)

Of all Ottoman heritage in Istanbul, the monumental Ottoman imperial mosques are the most important and surely the most visible. The biggest and the most impressive complexes are from the ...
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