Suleiman the Magnificent

1494 - 1566

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Suleiman I (Ottoman Turkish: سليمان اول, romanized: Süleyman-ı Evvel; Turkish: I. Süleyman; 6 November 1494 – 6 September 1566), commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent in the West and Suleiman the Lawgiver (Ottoman Turkish: قانونى سلطان سليمان, romanized: Ḳānūnī Sulṭān Süleymān) in his realm, was the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 until his death in 1566.: 541–45  Under his administration, the Ottoman caliphate ruled over at least 25 million people. Suleiman succeeded his father, Selim I, as sultan in September 1520 and began his reign with campaigns against the Christian powers in central Europe and the Mediterranean. Belgrade fell to him in 1521 and the island of Rhodes in 1522–23. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Suleiman the Magnificent has received more than 8,713,766 page views. His biography is available in 111 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 108 in 2019). Suleiman the Magnificent is the 17th most popular politician (up from 20th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Turkey and the most popular Turkish Politician.

Suleiman the Magnificent was the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He is most famous for his military conquests and his construction of the Ottoman Empire's largest mosque, the Hagia Sophia.

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Among politicians, Suleiman the Magnificent ranks 17 out of 15,710Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Elizabeth I of England, Saladin, Jimmy Carter, Constantine the Great, and Attila. After him are Hannibal, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Otto von Bismarck, Mao Zedong, and Tutankhamun.

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Among people born in 1494, Suleiman the Magnificent ranks 1After him are Francis I of France, François Rabelais, Fuzûlî, Georgius Agricola, Pontormo, Bona Sforza, Jean Parisot de Valette, Rosso Fiorentino, Lucas van Leyden, Leo Africanus, and Hans Sachs. Among people deceased in 1566, Suleiman the Magnificent ranks 1After him are Nostradamus, Diane de Poitiers, Bartolomé de las Casas, Nikola IV Zrinski, Daniele da Volterra, Louise Labé, Leonhart Fuchs, Antonio de Cabezón, Sigismund von Herberstein, Johannes Agricola, and Lambert Lombard.

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Among people born in Turkey, Suleiman the Magnificent ranks 4 out of 1,128Before him are Homer (-800), Paul the Apostle (5), and Herodotus (-484). After him are Saint George (280), Heraclitus (-535), Thales of Miletus (-623), Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), and Diogenes (-404).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Suleiman the Magnificent ranks 1After him are Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Murad III (1546), Mehmed III (1566), Bayezid I (1354), Bayezid II (1447), and Abdul Hamid II (1842).