Mehmed III

Mehmed III
محمد ثالث
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Kayser-i Rûm
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Caliph of Islam
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13th Ottoman Sultan (Emperor)
Reign15 January 1595 – 21/22 December 1603
PredecessorMurad III
SuccessorAhmed I
Born26 May 1566
Manisa Palace, Manisa, Ottoman Empire
Died22 December 1603 (aged 37)
Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
BurialHagia Sophia, Istanbul
ConsortsHandan Sultan
Halime Sultan
one other wife
IssueSee below
Full name
Mehmed bin Murad
DynastyOttoman
FatherMurad III
MotherSafiye Sultan
ReligionSunni Islam
TughraMehmed IIIمحمد ثالث's signature

Mehmed III (Ottoman Turkish: محمد ثالث‎, Meḥmed-i sālis; Turkish: III. Mehmet; 26 May 1566–21 December 1603) was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1595 until his death in 1603.

Early life

Mehmed was born at the Manisa Palace in 1566, during the reign of his great-grandfather, Suleiman the Magnificent. He was the son of Şehzade Murad (later Murad III), himself the son of Şehzade Selim (later Selim II), who was the son of Sultan Suleiman and Hürrem Sultan. His mother was Safiye Sultan, an Albanian from the Dukagjin highlands.[1] His great-grandfather died the year he was born and his grandfather became the new Sultan, Selim II. His grandfather Selim II died when Mehmed was eight, and Mehmed's father, Murad III, became Sultan in 1574. Mehmed thus became Crown Prince until his father's death in 1595, when he was 28 years old.

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