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STORIES of ROOMS

ÂDİLE SULTAN – 1409

ÂDİLE SULTAN – 1409

It is a cool May morning of the year 1870 in Findikli Place. The golden rays of the rising sun are dissolving the fine fog that had engulfed the Bosphorus and obscured  İstanbul’s  splendid skyline. Inside the place, the bright sunlight bounces off the golden ornaments like  gleaming diamonds. Sultan Mahmud II’s hazel –blue eyed daughter, the middle –aged,Adile Sultana is mastering a Hicaz Hümayün song that she loves. A sorrowful rustling of leaves distracts the Sultana…

She was only four when her mother died. Nine years after that, her father , the Sultan , followed his wife , Mean-while , the young princess was being educated in literatüre, lettering and music, and in 1845 she married, Mehmet Ali Pasha. Their wedding lasted seven days and was celebrated by all the citizens of the capital. Several years of happiness at Neşetabat Palace ended suddenly when her older brother  Abdülmecid passed away, then her beloved husband and soon her daughter Hayriye.The all- suffering Adile is the only Ottoman royal to have published  a volume of her poems. She was also an accomplished composer and a master calligrapher. She arranged for the publication of ’Muhibbi’,the poems of Suleyman the Magnificent and established many charities.  She granted trousseaus to poor brides, provided housing to the homeless, and finances waterworks for fountains that had  gone dry..

Adile Sultana’s teary eyes slowly return to the notes of Hicaz Hümayun.