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English: Sokollu Mehmet Paşa (born 1506 - died 1579, Istanbul) was an important 16th century Ottoman statesman. He was commander of the imperial guard (1543-1546), High Admiral of the Fleet (1546-1551), Governor-General of Rumelia (1551-1555), Third Vizier (1555-1561), Second Vizier (1561-1565) and as Grand Vizier (1565-1579) to three Sultans: Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. He was assassinated in 1579, ending a 15-year reign as the de facto ruler of the Ottoman Empire.


Sokollu Mehmed Pasha 
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
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Date of birth1505
Sokolovići, Sokolac (Ottoman Empire, Sanjak of Bosnia)
Бајица Ненадић
Date of death11 October 1579
Istanbul (Ottoman Empire, Rumelia Eyalet)
  • homicide
  • stab wound
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  • Enderun School
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  • Sokulluzade Hasan Pasha
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  • Esmehan Sultan
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