Embrace the Past, Relive the Glory
Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents, is not just a bridge between Europe and Asia but also a gateway to the past, where every cobblestone and minaret has a story to tell. For fans of the riveting historical dramas “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” and its sequel “Kuruluş: Osman” Istanbul offers a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the legendary Turkish warriors Ertugrul Ghazi and his son, Osman Ghazi, founders of the Ottoman Empire. As movie lovers with a penchant for history, a visit to Istanbul’s iconic landmarks and movie sets where these epics were brought to life is nothing short of a time-traveling adventure.
The True Tales of Ertugrul and Osman Ghazi
Before diving into the cinematic journey, let’s briefly revisit the true story that inspired millions worldwide. Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman I, was a 13th-century Turkish leader and the chief of the Kayi Tribe. Known for his bravery and skill in combat, Ertugrul’s life was a continuous struggle against both Byzantine and Mongol forces as he aimed to secure a homeland for his people. His legacy is that of a fierce warrior and a visionary leader who paved the way for the establishment of a vast empire that would last over 600 years.
Osman Ghazi, his son, took his father’s dreams a step further by founding the Ottoman Empire, stretching across three continents. The tales of their struggles, strategies, and triumphs are not just historical accounts but epics of heroism, leadership, and the relentless pursuit of justice and sovereignty. The TV series based on their lives beautifully captures the essence of these tales, blending historical facts with dramatic elements to portray the grandeur and the human side of these legendary figures.