Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Ottomans


One of the perks of controlling half the planet? A nice portrait or two.  

Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders, er, head. Suleiman I (The Magnificent), 1520-1566 (loved big turbans, conquered everything in sight; made sure beautiful buildings were built on all the key sites).

Murad III, 1574-1595, (a notorious womanizer who also enjoyed large head accessories and strangled his brother to take the throne).

Abdülmecid I, 1839-1861, (son to the guy below...made things even more European).

Mahmud II (Adli), 1808-1839 (brought in European-style clothing).

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

Mahmud II looks like Raffi (http://www.mommyneedscoffee.com/images/uploads/raffi.jpg)

Anonymous said...

First Ceylan's Istanbul, now the Ottomans. Might one inquire: Wht the suddent interest in things Turkish?

jezebel said...

Take a day to visit the Princes' Island while you're on holiday. Donkeys and Victorian seaside houses, but Turkish style!

Hollister H. Hovey said...

It looks amazing! We're totally going. (Oh, anon...Porter and I are going to Istanbul at the end of March)

DocP said...

For some lighthearted fun, rent Topkapi. It is 45 years old, but the historic sights of Istanbul are eternal (with apologies to Rome.)

Anonymous said...

Of course Raffi is Armenian and you know what the Turks did to them. My husband's family lost many in the genocide.

stephanie said...

If you get a chance, pick up the book "A Mind at Peace" by Tanpinar- it's considered to be the best book about Istanbul. Lyrical and dense, but lovely.

Anonymous said...

funny, the size of their hat is directly proportional to the atrocious acts they committed. I wonder how big the running prime minister's hat is

The Fab Miss B said...

I would very much like to add "The Magnificent" to my moniker.

Laura G said...

In order to be sultan, they all had to struggle their brothers, as they were all half-brothers with mothers from Sultan's harem

Susan said...

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