A joint Turkish-Hungarian team, supported by Turkish development agency TİKA and the Hungarian government, brought to light the shrine and mosque believed to be where the internal remains of Süleyman had been buried in 1566, near Szigetvar region.
“Hexagonal structures found during the excavation proves that this site is a sultan-like structure” a Turkish academic from Middle East Technical University's architecture department, Ali Uzay Peker has said.
The team found structures where Süleyman's organs were believed to be buried after he had died during a Balkan campaign.
“The mosque and the shrine were built side by side. The fact that a minaret could not be found during the first excavation indicates that this is a shrine. At this stage we can say that we found the site of Süleyman's shrine” Peker added.
Süleyman the Magnificent is known as the longest reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who had ruled the empire over 46 years, during its golden age.
The discovery is “important for us spiritually, just as important as the discovery of other Ottoman monuments in the region” Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan said, adding the search for Sultan's remains had been resumed for the last 120 years.