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Why did marriage and multiple children make Hurrem Sultan special?

As far as I have learnt there was a princess named Ayesa (Hatun), daughter of Meñli I Giray of Crimean, who was first married off to Shehzade Mehmed, brother of Sultan Selim 1. After the death of the ...
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Why did Suleiman build walls around Jerusalem?

The Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by pretty impressive walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1535–1542. The question is: why? Why build walls around a city which is not on a border and did ...