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Buried Heart of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent Found

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Hungarian historians say they've located the grave of Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The monarch died in September 1566 during the Siege of Szigetvár in South Hungary.

Norbert Pap, of the University of Pécs, announced that the area around the found tomb appears to have had a tent built on it. In the tent they've also found objects that indicate a sultan burial had taken place, adds the expert.

Nearby, they've also uncovered structures believed to be a small mosque and a dervish convent. Excavations will continue until April of next year.

But more detailed analysis is required to confirm the discovery.

In all likelihood, this is the grave of Suleiman the Magnificent, but since the issue is a sensitive one, we do require further confirmation of the theory, experts tell The Guardian.

The archaeological expedition is taking place in the settlement of Turbek, which was destroyed in the 80s of the 17th century. Research there began in 2013.

Suleiman died when he was 71 years old, making him the longest reigning Ottoman sultan in history - an entire 46 years. In his time, the Ottoman Empire expanded significantly.

Suleiman the Magnificent

According to historians, the sultan's heart and some internal organs were buried at the location of his death, while his body was buried in Istanbul. It was believed that his death was kept a secret for 2 days, to prevent rebellion among his armies.

Prior to his death, Suleiman called in his general and gave a 3-part order about his future burial.

The sultan wanted his casket to be carried by the best physicians in the Empire, to have gold and jewels thrown out all the way to his grave, and for his hands to be visible so that all could see them.

When his general asked what the reason was for these demands, Suleiman explained that he wanted the best physicians to carry his coffin so that everyone could see that even the best of people were powerless against death.

The gold was to be thrown out to show that wealth and extravagance were left behind in this world, and his hands were meant to be seen so that all would know that even sultan Suleiman the Magnificent left this world empty-handed.