SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul
ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY
THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN
CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?
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ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?  

ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY
Roxelana remained by Suleiman's side until her death eight years before he himself died. Their domed tombs stand side by side near the beautiful minaret built by Suleiman. Sadly, their son Selim was a drunkard who died after eight years on the throne by falling down in the marble bath and cracking his skull.. His son Murad III, also a drunkard, sired 103 children, This was the beginning of a long sad history of degenerate and weak sultans who gradually destroyed the Ottoman Empire.
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ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?  

THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN
Mahomet III began his reign by ordering the execution of all his half-brothers, those other sons included among his father's 103 offspring— and a new tradition emerged. Whenever a Sultan died, his women would be banished to live the rest of their lives in solitude. Those who were pregnant were sewn into sacks and tossed into the Bosporus like unwanted kittens. As sons were born to a reigning sultan the youngsters were locked away at an early age in a windowless structure where they lived until they died or until released as the heir of the deceased Sultan – they were taught nothing, knew nothing. The psychological effects must have been terrible, and when a new sultan came into power the empire was ruled by an ignorant incompetent who could indulge himself in every kind of cruelty and mayhem. The true rulers were the Grand Viziers, often brilliant individuals who used their influence to manage the Sultan and thus the course of the Empire. And so the Ottoman Empire continued as a power in the world of commerce for another three hundred years
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ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?  

CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?
Founded as the Second Rome by the Emperor Constantine, Constantinople fell to the Moslems in 1453 and Mehmet II, the Conqueror, proclaimed Constantinople capital of the Ottoman Empire from the altar of the glorious Cathedral of Santa Sofia. It was then that one of the oldest Christian churches acquired two minarets in the process of becoming a mosque and the enormous camel skin shields painted with the name of Allah were hung high in the vast reaches of Sofia's soaring space. This was the revered Greek Orthodox Christian church where Peter the Great of Russia had said he wished to be buried -- where the Czarina Anne, his heir, yearned to be crowned Empress of a vanquished Turkish sultanate -- dreams that were never fulfilled. The Hagia Sofia is now a museum, but nearly every week the Istanbul newspapers have a request from the Moslems (urged on by Arab fundamentalists) to make the ancient building a mosque once more. If history makes precedent, the five percent of the population that is Christian might well insist the Hagia Sofia should be returned to its original purpose.
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SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul

ROXELANA'S UNFORTUNATE LEGACY
THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AFTER SULIEMAN
CHRISTIAN CHURCH OR MOSLEM MOSQUE?
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