Turkey to open museum dedicated to Mehmet the Conqueror
A science committee of 19 scientists was formed to establish the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Museum in the Saatli Madrasah in the northwestern province of Edirne.
The designated place is known as the madrasa where Mehmet the Conqueror received his education.
Among scientists is Zekeriya Kurşun, a history professor and the dean of Literature Faculty at Istanbul-based Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Kursun said that the museum would be a guide for future generations.
“For the first time in Turkey, a museum bearing the name of a sultan will be built in Edirne,” he said.
“There are some works on behalf of the sultans in the cities where they stood as princes, but Fatih Sultan Mehmet Museum will be an important museum as it is the first museum established directly under the name of a sultan,” he added.
Mehmed II is the Ottoman sultan who conquered Istanbul and earned the title of Fatih (the Conqueror) at the age of 21 and leveled up a Turkish state into an empire that would rule regions in multiple continents for centuries to come.
According to Kurşun, Fatih is the most important figure not only in Turkish historical sources but also in Western sources.
“The main purpose of our presence in Edirne is to talk about Fatih Sultan Mehmet of Edirne,” he said, referring to the Ottoman sultan’s birthplace.
The museum will try to explain “Fatih as a person,” he said. “We try to illustrate how a person can be so young and successful.”
“We are trying to understand how Fatih used to think when he was alone. We already know what he did. We know how he carried out his conquests, the conquest of Istanbul, the conquests in the Balkans, the military operations there,” he added.
The Edirne Governor’s Office and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University are cooperating to open the museum next year.