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Turkish Fragrance Specialist Recreates 4 Century-Old Scent Of Sacred Trusts

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A prominent Turkish fragrance specialist has rediscovered the formula of the special scent used in the royal chambers where the Ottomans kept the Sacred Trust (also referred to as the Sacred Relics) during the 17th century in the Topkapı Palace, and has recreated it.

After three years of research in the archives of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Bihter Türkan Ergül was able to recreate the ‘Asr-ı Saadet’ (The Golden Age) scent, which surrounded the sections of the palace, where the Blessed Mantle of Prophet Muhammad, the Holy Banner (Sancak-ı Şerif), Abraham’s Pot, Joseph’s Turban, Moses’s Staff, David’s Sword, scrolls belonging to John, and Prophet Muhammad’s footprint, the keys to the Kaaba, the casing of the Black Stone (Hacerü’l-Esved), the Door of Repentance, and the swords of Muhammad’s companions, and other relics are were preserved.

imperial_sofa_topkapi_march_2008pano2-1Topkapı Palace in Istanbul
top-kapi-palace-1Left:Inside the Chamber of the Blessed Mantle, Right:Artifact of Muhammad's letter to the Muqawqis, ruler of Egypt

Asr-ı Saadet was reportedly recreated by Ergül, by using a blend of oud, amber, cedar, sandalwood, musk, rose oil and rose water. Its preparation reportedly took eight days and some of the ingredients were imported, reports said.

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Ergül will present the exclusive scent to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who will be the first person to smell it.

She is listed among the world’s best 700 ‘fragrance profilers’ for her work designing personalized fragrances inspired by Ottoman history.

Turkish Fragrance Specialist Recreates 4 Century-Old Scent Of Sacred Trusts
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