REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Sultan II. Bayezid Han

SULTAN II. BAYEZİD HAN

Father : Sultan II. Mehmed
Mother : Mükrime Hatun
Date of Birth : 1452
Accession to the Throne : May 19, 1481
Date of Dethronemenet : April 25, 1512
Death : May 26, 1512

According to Hoca Sa’deddin, he was born in 851 A.H.(1447 A.D.) and was thirty-six years old at his accession to the throne. During the first years of his reign, he captured the fortresses of Kili and Akkirman in Moldavia. There after he marched to Morea and took the towns and fortresses on the peninsula. He moved the Greek population who lived here to Karaman and settled in their place the rebellious Karaman Turcomans, who were exiled from Anatolia on account of the trouble they caused.

Bayezid II constructed numerous public buildings and performed charitable deeds.

He was tall and strong with muscular upper arms. His chest was broad and high, his movements dignified, his conduct warrior-like. His hazel eyes were encircled by a dark fringe; he had black eyebrows that joined together; he was fair-skinned and lion-nosed.

He wore a robe silk brocade. His turban was coiled and wound. Although by his reign the attire worn by the sultans had become elaborate and rich. Bayezid II was not interested in such pomp and refrained from exceeding the income assigned to him. Indeed, he was so frugal that he would even save on it.