Gülfem Hatun

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Gülfem Hatun
کلفام خاتون
Sa'ide Şehide[2]
Died c. 1561–62
Eski Palace, Beyazıt Square, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Burial Gülfem Hatun Mosque, Istanbul
Full name
Turkish: Gülfem Hatun
English: Gulfam Khatun
Ottoman Turkish: کلفام خاتون
Religion Sunni Islam

Gülfem Hatun (Ottoman Turkish: کلفام خاتون‎; died c. 1561–62) was a lady-in-waiting to Suleiman the Magnificent (reign 1520–1566).


Throughout Suleiman the Magnificent's reign (reign 1520–1566), she enjoyed a considerable status within the imperial harem, thus she is supposed by some authors to have been a concubine of Suleiman's or the stewardess of his harem[3] and received 150 aspers a day.[4]

In 1522 she commissioned a fountain in Yenişehir, and in 1524 another fountain in Manisa.[1] In September 1542, she commissioned a soup kitchen in Üsküdar.[5] In March 1543 she established the financial ground work to built a "timber frame mosque"[6][7] now known as the "Gülfem Hatun Mosque",[8] located near the soup kitchen. According to a local tradition, the mosque was intended for the use of women and opened to men only in recent times.[9][10] A school is also present near the mosque.[11]

She died in 1561–62, and was buried in her own mosque.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the 2003 Turkish TV miniseries, Hürrem Sultan, Gülfem Hatun was played by Turkish actress Yasemin Kozanoğlu.
  • In the 2011–2014 Turkish historical fiction TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Gülfem was portrayed by Turkish actress Selen Özturk.


  1. ^ a b Uluçay 2011, p. 64.
  2. ^ Haskan 2001, p. 969.
  3. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 302 n. 12.
  4. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 133.
  5. ^ Haskan 2001, p. 986.
  6. ^ Ostovich, Silcox & Roebuck, p. 65.
  7. ^ Princeton 1997, p. 35.
  8. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 252-3.
  9. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 201.
  10. ^ Ruggles 2000, p. 60.
  11. ^ Haskan 2001, p. 911.
  12. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 65.


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