Sultan Selim III was born in Istanbul, on 24th
December 1761. He is the son of Sultan Mustafa III and Mihrisah Sultana. His mother is
Georgian originated. His father Sultan Mustafa III was very influenced by the oracles and
as they told his son Selim will a world-conqueror he organised a feast lasted seven days
with great joy. Selim was grown with the joy of the day he was born. He was very well
educated in the palace. Sultan Mustafa III bequeathed him as his successor. But, Selimís
uncle Abdulhamid I ascended the throne after Sultan Mustafa. Sultan Abdulhamid I had taken
care of Selim and put great emphasis on his education. After Abdulhamidís death Selim
succeeded him on 7th April 1789, in his 28th year.
Sultan Selim III was very fond of literature and
calligraphy; many of his works were put on the walls of mosques and convents. He had
spoken Arabic and Persian fluently. He was very religious, and very patriotic. He was a
talented poet and a brilliant musician. He was a composer as well. He was also very fond
of fine arts.
Selim was a very modern man and a reformist ruler. He
was planning to modernise the Ottoman Empire. When he was acceded, his people revealed
their respect to him and they were very hopeful about his administrations. The Ottoman
people hoped that this young modern sultan would have brought back the victorious days of
Selim III left the throne to Mustafa on 29th
May 1807 and he died a year 2 months later. The men of the new sultan during Alemdar Pasha
Events killed him. His was buried in Laleli Mosque near his fatherís tomb.
Selim III was very fond of literature and poetry. He
wrote many poems, especially, he wrote very effective verses about Crimeaís occupation
by the Russian.