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STORIES of ROOMS

NAKŞİDİL SULTAN – 1103

NAKŞİDİL SULTAN – 1103

Nahşıdil Sultana is of Caucasian birth. She is tall with an hour-glass figüre. Her beauty is a paradigm of all the sultanas before her. She loves the magnificent gardens of Çırağan Palace, which refresh her soul with tranquility and the deep perfumes of roses, carnations and hyacinths. She gages her visits to the gardens, waiting for the right time of day, anticipating the pleasure, refusing to rush it.

The perfect harmony of this emerald-green refuge never ceases to bewitch her. She tip-toes on the grassy paths which are cleared every morning by the gardeners, her  soft feet shod in silver-strapped, diamond-ornament-ed sandals gliding as if on a silk carpet.She arrives at the flowers causing an aromatic breeze to caress her fair face. It is the year 1785 and the Sultana, who is just twenty two, is very happy. Her much-loved husband Sultan Abdulhamid 1 continues to favour her as his most beloved wife, while her three-month old son Mahmud is healthy and daily growing bouncier a true crown-prince fort he imperial Ottoman throne.

Nakşidil Sultana constructed a complex of public buildings in Fatih at her own expense. Named after her, it includes a school for young children a madrasa, a fountain and a mausoleum. The marble facçade of the fountain is a masterpiece of elegance and a true example  of Ottoman architecture, albeit in a small scale.