Tue 10 Rabi Al Awwal 1442AH 27-10-2020AD

Payitaht AbdulHamid Season 3

Lets continue to Sultan AbdulHamid’s innovations…

• He enabled the entry of detective novels into our country (only about 200 books out of 4000 published in 14 years were related to religion.)
• In his orders to schools (including Christian schools), he wanted Turkish to be taught well, lifted the ban on Turkish in Azerbaijani schools, established the Islamic Complex in Paris!
• During the war of Thessaly, he had the palace ladies sew clothes for the soldiers, visited hospitals and asked the patients’ needs, and had his men serve them even in the garden of the palace!
• He took the island of Lesbos back from the French with the money from the personal property of his wife Lady Fatma Pesend he insisted to give!
• He insisted on wearing local fabrics, established Hereke cloth factory and fez factory.
• He established Ziraat Bank and opened Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
• Yıldız Çini factory and Beykoz and Kağıthane paper factories were opened.
• Mass circumcision ceremonies were made and sent gold to each child, so in the summer, collective circumcision became fashionable.
• He sent gift books to students at graduation ceremonies.
• He distributed coal to the poor people by paying out of his own pocket.
• Considering the letter of Armenian Onnik, he had a leg made with his own money.
• Each year, a part of his savings was allocated to rescue those imprisoned for debt.
• He brought the modern printing press to Turkey, gave free books, 6 thousand books were translated. He founded Beyazıt Library and donated 30 thousand books (10 thousand of them are manuscripts),
• He awarded foreign scientists and writers.
• He bought 30,000 flower pots every year and planted flowers.
• He made rose breeding in the place we call Hekimbası garbage dump (rose breeding started in Isparta under his leadership)
• The clock towers were built in many parts of Turkey! (Izmir, Turkey Dolmabahce ..)
• He sent ambassadors and clergy to India, Javan, Afghanistan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Aceh, Zengibar, Central Asia and Japan.
• He started diplomacy with Latin American countries.
• He had the thermal springs of Yalova built. He transported the waters of Terkos to Istanbul. He had a fountain built in a village of Bursa (He had 40 fountains built only in Istanbul)
• He watched plays and opera in the theater he had built in his palace.
• He established a music school in the palace, had his children play the piano and even created a girls’ band in the palace.
• He gave his own carpentry works as a gift.
• Despite that 26 people died, 58 people were wounded in the assassination attempt by bombing, he forgave the Armenian assassin and sent him to Europe as a spy.
• With the military aid sent to East Turkestan, he organized them against the Chinese and established Hamidiye University in Beijing, the heart of China.
• He made five time prayers without interrupting, he did not sign any documents without ablution (He didn’t even step on the flor. He always kept his dry ablution brick at the bottom of his bed)
• He bought new ships, guns (most guns in the Battle of Çanakkale) and rifles!
• He brought the phone to our country 5 years after Europe!
• He helped churches, synagogues (He even helped to build churches in the Vatican)
• He abolished plays containing insults to our Prophet, our religion or the Ottomans (France-England-Rome-USA) (He even talked with the German Emperor for a play)
• He rejected the US to open a consulate in Erzurum, the US warship attempting to break into the port of Izmir was shelled.
• He had two bridges designed for the Bosphorus (one of them was in the location of the Fatih S.M. bridge today)
• He had poorhouse built and also had a synagogue, church and mosque built inside.
• He opened a children’s hospital (Şişli Etfal [children] Hospital).
• He appointed Namık Kemal to the governors of Rhodes and Chios, who called him as damned, paid his money out of his pocket and had his grave made for him.
• He established Postal and Telegraph Organization (Sirkeci Great Post Office Building ..)
• AbdulHamid and AbdulMecid (the world’s first torpedo-throwing submarines) were made in Taşkızak shipyard (They were also made with the money of his own pocket!)


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