8 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about Ottoman Sultans (Osman & Orhan)

When we think of Ottoman emperors, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that they were political-military leaders who rushed and pulled their swords on the battlefields. However, of course, they had a humanistic, emotional life just like every human. Read this article to learn some interesting facts about the founders of the Ottoman Empire, Osman, and Orhan Ghazi.

Osman I (Osman Ghazi)

Sultan Osman Gazi
Sultan Osman Gazi
  • His hands used to reach his knees while standing. From this description, we understand that either his legs were short or his hands were longer than usual. We know that this body structure was inherited to other monarchs for over 600 years, Abdulmecid I, who lived during 1823-1861.
  • He almost never wore the same clothes twice. It wasn’t because of his luxurious, extravagant lifestyle, but because he wanted to make the poor happy. If someone looked at his outfit carefully, he would take it off and donate it to them and give it to them as a gift.
  • He used to enjoy listening to music before meals.
  • Some sources claim that he was a wrestler and a very good musketeer.
  • There was an ancient Turkish tribal custom; on the day of Hidrellez, the tribal chief’s house was opened for plundering. The chief (bey, in Turkish) and his wife would leave their house without taking anything with them and the tribal members would attack and ransack the house after they left. They would loot the precious things they found in the house. This tradition was called “the opening of the Bey’s house”. Osman Gazi opened his house for plundering once a year as well.

    In the upcoming series named Kurulus Osman, we will learn more about the life of Osman Bey.

Orhan Ghazi

Sultan Orhan Gazi
Sultan Orhan Gazi
  • Orhan Ghazi, the son of Osman Ghazi, had the third-longest reign among the Ottoman sultans. His monarch lasted 36 years.
  • One fact about Orhan Bey was that he dominated about one hundred castles and spent most of his time traveling and wandering around those castles. According to a traveler’s journal, he wouldn’t stay in any city for more than a month.
  • He used to fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He would wear a coin on his head to show his respect to Mevlana, a Muslim saint and Anatolian mystic who lived in the 13th century, and a white turban on top.

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