The Ottoman Empire reached its highest development under Suleyman, who reigned from 1520-1566. This program chronicles the rule of the Moslem leader, whom Europeans named "The Magnificent." His vast empire extended to three continents; but it is what went on inside his territory that made Suleyman great. Under his leadership, the arts and humanities flourished, a sophisticated judicial system was instituted, public education and housing were supported, and religious freedom was encouraged. Many examples of art, from gold smithing to miniature paintings, are presented along with visits to outstanding architectural sites. Historians discuss the significance of Suleyman's reign.
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