Topkapi Palace was the residence of the Ottoman sultans for many centuries. It is said that almost 10.000 people lived in this palace to attend the sultan, who had about five hundred wives and many concubines. Black eunuchs supervised the harem. Every day a huge amount of food was cooked in the very large kitchen for the sultan and his court.

Visiting Topkapi Palace, I asked myself, ‘Was the sultan happy?’ I don’t think so. A harem, although it is made of the most beautiful women in the world, cannot give happiness. Human desires are insatiable!

I also asked myself, ‘What was the criterion to select the women for the sultan?’ Of course, it was physical beauty. They didn’t select women according to their wisdom or heart. In my opinion, it was a wrong criterion of selection. An intelligent and wise woman that really loves you is more worth than five hundred beautiful women with no heart!
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind

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