Haseki Hurrem Sultan or Roxelana
Roxelana was known by many different names such as Haseki Hurrem Sultan, Roxolena, Roxolana, Roxelane, Rossa, and Ruzica and in Arabic as Karima which translates to “the cheerful one”.
Roxelana was one of many consorts in the Sultan’s Harem who quickly came to her master’s attention, attracting the jealousy of her rivals, and soon proved to be his favourite consort.
Suleyman also permitted Roxelana to remain with him at court for the remainder of her life, which was another break from tradition, as normally when imperial heirs came of age they were sent away with their concubine mothers to govern remote provinces in the Empire, never to return unless they were to succeed to the throne.
Roxelana died in 1558 and was buried in a domed mausoleum decorated in superb and beautiful Iznik tiles that depict the garden of paradise, honouring her cheerful, joyful nature, and sits next to Suleyman’s much more solemn domed structure at the Suleymaniye Mosque complex.
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