Cemile Sultan

Cemile Sultan
Born 18 August 1843
Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire
Died 7 February 1915
Erenköy, Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire
Burial Mausoleum of Sultan Abdülmecid I
Spouse Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha
Issue Fethiye Hanım Sultan, Fatma Hanım Sultan, Ayşe Hanım Sultan, Sultanzade Mehmed Mahmud Celaleddin Bey, Sultanzade İbrahim Sakıb Bey.
Full name
Cemile Sultan
House House of Osman
Father Abdülmecid I
Mother Düzdidil Kadın
Religion Islam
Yağcı Hacı Şefik Bey Yalısı is a Yalı mansion on the Bosphorus shore in Istanbul, Turkey. Located at Kanlıca, the mansion was built in 1905 in Art Nouveau style for Cemile Sultan. It was restored in 1989 by Mr. Faruk Yalcin from the Turkish government.

Cemile Sultan (18 August 1843 – 7 February 1915) was an Ottoman princess, daughter of Sultan Abdülmecid I and his wife Empress Düzdidil Kadın, the daughter of Şıhım Bey Dişan. She was the half sister of Sultans Mehmed VI, Murad V, Abdul Hamid II and Mehmed V of the Ottoman Empire.


Cemile Sultan was born as the daughter of Sultan Abdülmecid I and his wife Empress Düzdidil Kadın. Somewhat earlier, in 1845, Princess Cemile's mother, Düzdidil Kadın, died leaving Princess Cemile motherless at the age of two. Abdülmecid took Princess Cemile to Empress Perestu Kadın, who was the adoptive daughter Abdülmecid's aunt Princess Esma Sultan, and entrusted her into the lady's care, telling her, "Now see, I have also brought you a daughter. She grew up together with her half brother Abdul Hamid II, who was also adopted by Perestu, in the same household and spend their childhoods with one another. On ceremonial occasions Princess Cemile took precedence as she was the eldest, and always took her place at Abdul Hamid's right. A large armchair was reserved for her on the right-hand side, where she took a seat. In processions she walked at the side of the Empress mother, Perestu, ahead of everyone else."

She always wore brown-colored dresses and on her head a hotoz of the same color, fashioned of lace or tulle. She dressed in the Turkish style, with a long train fastened to her waist. Since the sumptuous fabrics she wore were always various shades of brown, this color served as something of a hallmark for her. She wore no jewels whatsoever. Despite this simplicity, her imperial bearing amply conveyed her rank of princess. Those in a position to know said that she looked just like her father, Sultan Abdülmecid, and indeed from the photographs the eyes and the features are the same. Everyone in the palace felt great respect and fondness for Princess Cemile, holding her in affectionate system. She spoke so graciously and intelligently, not laughing when it was not called for, and exhibiting toward everyone the appropriate conduct due him or her.

On 1 June 1858 she was married to Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha as his third wife, the son of the Imperial son-in-law, Damat Ahmed Fethi Pasha and his wife Ayşe Şemsinur Hanım. Together with Mahmud Celadeddin Pasha they had three daughters, Princesses Fethiye Hanım Sultan, Fatma Hanım Sultan and Ayşe Hanım Sultan and two sons Sultanzade İbrahim Sakıb Bey and Sultanzade Mehmed Mahmud Celaleddin Bey. The couple supported Abdul Hamid's accession to the throne, until the new Sultan's mistrust of Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha led to the latter's exile to Arabia in 1881, where he was strangled in 1884. Princess Cemile withdrew from society for some twenty years, afterwards reconciling with her brother and paying calls again at the palace She died at Erenköy, Istanbul on 26 February 1915 and was buried in the mausoleum of her father, Sultan Abdülmecid.




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