Istanbul is hosting an unusual exhibition titled “Magnificent Century: The Great Exhibition” of costumes, decorations and accessories used in a popular Turkish television series on the life of 16th-century Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.
Visitors will have the chance to look at accessories used in the Turkish series, “The Magnificent Century,” which was also broadcast to great acclaim in the Middle East and the Balkans. After a world premiere in Istanbul in the newly opened Uniq Istanbul Culture and Art Center in Maslak, the exhibition will go on a world tour in the countries where the series was broadcast.
Becoming one of the most popular TV series in Turkey, “The Magnificent Century” reached hundreds of millions of viewers before its finale in its 139th episode on June 12. The main character of the series, Süleyman the Magnificent, played by Halit Ergenç, died in the final episode during his expedition to Zigetvar. The show, which was based on the story of the sultan’s harem and his romance with Hürrem Sultan, conquered more than 40 countries from Arabic-speaking lands to the Balkans, and particularly captivated the nations that were previously under Ottoman control.