Bursa, the Ottoman Empire
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According to a tradition Gülçiçek was the consort of Aclan Bey, one of the princes of Anatolian Muslim principality of Karasids. She was captured when Orhan conquered the principality (c. 1344) and placed in the Ottoman Palace. Some years later, when Orhan's son Murad had reached adulthood, an attempt was made to marry Gülçiçek, but she refused several names suggested to her, until Murad suggested himself. She married Murad I in 1359. There is a support for this story, or part of it at least, in the fact that she appointed her son Yahşi as trustee for an endowment deed she made for a dervish monastery, as Murad had no son of this name.
She gave birth to two sons, Bayezid I and Yahşi Bey. In her lifetime she established a religious and charitable foundation which demonstrated her Muslim piety publicly. With its revenues she built a mosque and a tomb in Bursa where she was buried.
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