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)
Reign 15 January 1595 – 21/22 December 1603
Predecessor Murad III
Successor Ahmed I
Born 26 May 1566
Manisa Palace, Manisa, Ottoman Empire
Died 22 December 1603 (aged 37)
Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Burial Mehmed III Mausoleum, Hagia Sophia
Consorts Handan Sultan
Halime Sultan
one other wife
Issue See below
Full name
Mehmed bin Murad
Dynasty Ottoman
Father Murad III
Mother Safiye Sultan
Religion Sunni Islam
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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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