At fifteen, Esma Sultana is Sultan Abdülhamid I’s youngest daughter. She is engaged to be married to Küçük Hüseyin Paşa. The blond, blue-eyed girl is so fetching and delicate, she seems straight out of a fairy tale. She shyly walks to the corner of the room where her wedding gown hangs. She strokes it lovingly, as if it’s an object of worship. Made of pink silk, the gown is in two pieces. Uniting the two parts is an elaborate embroidery of a flowering plant, with its spangles and crystal beads and silver thread, square furbelowed collar and puffy sleeves taht are gathered at the elbow and vented to the wrists with golden buttons.
In the spring of 1792 the magical day finally arrives. The magnificent wedding begins wtih a cannocade from Topkapi Palace. All the citizens are invited to the cermony. Acrobats and tumblers perform in the public squares. Games and spectacles have been organized in all corners of Istanbul Fireworks from Tophane streak across the night – sky. Colored lanterns illuminate the palaces, mansions and houses of both shores of the Bosphorus, as beautiful Esma Sultana is married to her beloved, Esma was the most powerful sister of Sultan Mahmud II. She had a palace in Divanyolu, manor houses in Çamlıca, Maçka and Eyüp,a mansion in Ortaköy. She was a poet and an accomplished musical composer.