Tomb of Hürrem Sultan

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"Men rule the world, but women rule the men" May 28, 2017
Hürrem Sultan or Roxelana was a daughter of a priest in the town of Rohatayn, near Lvov, today's Ukraine. She was sent to Kanuni Sultan Suleiman by Crimean Tatars. In accordance with traditions of Harem, she was renamed Hürrem, meaning smiling as she charmed with her smile. When the life gave her a lemon, she made a lemonade and from an odalisque she became a legal wife of the Sultan. She succeded to win Sultan's heart with her shined smile, intelligence and style of conversation, musical talent and elegance. They were connected to each other with a great love. After the birth of her fist child Mehmet, she became the Haseki Sultan( one who belongs exclusively to the sultan) the imperial title used for the chief consort of an Ottoman Sultan and she was the first holder of this title in the Ottoman Empire.

When Kanuni's mother Valide Hafsa Sultan died, Haseki Hürrem Sultan became the dominating woman in Harem, dedicating her life to guarantee that one of her sons would come to the throne after Kanuni. She died in 1588 before Kanuni, so she did not live enough to see her son Selim II becoming the sultan. She was buried in a tomb with impressive building size of the Suleymaniye complex. She left a great charity foundation behind: a mosque, madrasa, school, imaret, hospital, two hammams in a complex that was named after her, some buildings in Edirne and Ankara, Mecca and Medina. It was planned and managed by Mimar Sinan in Istanbul.

There are three sarcophaguses in the tomb; Hürrem Sultan's fenced in the central position, with two others of her grandson Mehmet( the son of her son Sultan Selim II) and another of the daughter of Kanuni's sister Hatice.
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