Though this post isn't about HIS as a game, I'd strongly suspect that the average HIS player has an interest in history, so I suspect that some of you out there would enjoy seeing some pictures concerning Suleiman the Magnificent.
This is Suleiman's mausoleum:
The mausoleum is behind Suleymaniye Mosque, one of Istanbul's most famous mosques, built by Mimar Sinan, who was the most famous Ottoman architect at the time.
The following are several pictures taken within the mausoleum. Suleiman's tomb is the largest one. I noticed that the data given in the photo does not match what is on Wikipedia.
This is the mausoleum of Roxelana. It was closed when I visited. Suleiman's mausoleum is on the right.
Thanks Ed, I was hoping that you wouldn't think that the pics were just clutter. If you ever get to Istanbul, while it's mandatory to see the "big" sights (Hagia Sophia, the Harem at Topkapi, among others), be sure to take the time to see the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Askeri Muze (Military Museum). Both of these places are not busy, and contain mindblowingly large and complete collections. From 1500-1600h every week day, mehter plays. Mehter is supposedly the oldest known form of a military marching band, designed to frighten the enemy in battle.
Edit: Corrected errors and added the video link.
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I had the same idea as the OP and I was glad to see he had already beat me to it. So, in a very HIS act of one-upmanship I give you... the alleged tomb of Ibrahim Pasha.
It's hidden at the end of an alley between ATMs nearby Findikli tram stop. I happened to rent a place nearby by chance. There's a recent plaque reading Sadrazam Pargali Ibrahim Pasa (1494-1536).
Even though it's unconfirmed than Ibrahim was buried anywhere, if that was the case this is the place that matches the rumours. A couple years ago Turkish TV ran a series about Suleiman, Roxelana and Ibrahim. After Ibrahim was killed, fans flocked to this place to pray. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/visitors-flocking-to-grand-...
Thanks Ed, I was hoping that you wouldn't think that the pics were just clutter. If you ever get to Istanbul, while it's mandatory to see the "big" sights (Hagia Sophia, the Harem at Topkapi, among others), be sure to take the time to see the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Askeri Muze (Military Museum). Both of these places are not busy, and contain mindblowingly large and complete collections.
But sadly the exhibits in the military museum are listed out in a 1950's style and contain exhibits that deny the Armenian genocide and laughably inflate Turkish operations in the dardanelles during WW1. Indeed alot of money was clearly spent on both of these rooms, perhaps I wouldn't have been quite so angry if the Armenian genocide room wasn't entitled "Armenian massacres of Turkish civilians". (or something equally awful)
I've travelled all over the world visiting military museums but whilst the Egyptian, Iranian and North Korean military museums were plain funny the Turkish one was just profoundly disturbing and offensive. The cover up and active denial of the genocide (of which I have absolutely no interest in btw) left me feeling sick and horrified. I would personally never visit Turkey again and would actively discourage anyone from visiting the museum and funding genocide denial.