Kuyucu Murat Pasha


Kuyucu Murad Pasha (Murad Pasha the Well-digger, i.e. Gravedigger; died 1611) was an Ottoman statesman of Croatian origin[1][2] who served as grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Ahmed I between December 9, 1606 and August 5, 1611.

His nickname derives from the mass graves he had dug to bury the condemned of the harsh methods he employed in order to suppress (and eventually put an end) to the Jelali Revolts, which were an extension and a prolongation of Kizilbash Revolts that had started about a hundred years before him and which had created disastrous turmoil in Ottoman Anatolia.[3][4] Tens of thousands of Anatolians were killed during Murad Pasha's office in his several campaigns against separate large rebel groups.[3][4]

Murad Pasha had a complex built in Istanbul, about 300 meters northwest of the Bayezid II Mosque on the Third Hill of Istanbul.[4] Today, the complex has been absorbed by Istanbul University, its courtyard having been roofed in and used as a museum for the fine arts, while its library remains operational.[4] The complex also includes Murad Pasha's mausoleum where he was buried after his death in 1611, the walls of whose entrance gate have become darkened due to time. Cleanup on the building has been halted, leading to its current state, because of strong reactions by several Anatolian groups, such as Yörüks, Alevis, and Bektashis, against honoring Murad Pasha, who they hold responsible for killing thousands of members of their groups.[5] Some have suggested that the mausoleum be made into a museum for the massacres and called the government's intention to conduct repairs on the building "shameful" in light of Murad Pasha's legacy.[5]

Another work commissioned by Murad Pasha is the Murat Paşa Mosque in Antalya, which was built in 1570.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dervish Mehmed Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
11 December 1606 – 5 August 1611
Succeeded by
Nasuh Pasha