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AYASOFYA (HAGIA SOPHIA)

Sultans Selim II, Murad III, Mehmed III, and Mustafa I are buried in the grounds of Ayasofya rather than in purpose-built complexes of their own; Selim, Murad and Mehmed’s tombs are now open to the public, although Mustafa’s is still under restoration. 

Sultan Ahmed I was succeeded by his frail brother Sultan Mustafa I who had endured 14 years as a prisoner in the Kafes (Cage) inside Topkapı Palace, a system initiated to rein in the ambitions of potential rivals to the throne. When he died of typhus after a second brief and unhappy reign as sultan following the assassination of Osman II, he was buried inside the old baptistery in the grounds of Ayasofya. Beside him was laid to rest Sultan İbrahim, known as “the Mad”.


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