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Ibrahim Pasha Palace – Istanbul

The Ibrahim Pasha Palace is an Ottoman imperial court residence of Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha. It is located in Sultanahmet Square of Fatih district in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, the building is mainly used as the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum .

Initially named the Hippodrome Palace due to its location at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, it took later its name from Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1494–1536), who served as the Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned 1520-66) from 1523 until his execution in 1536. He married Sultan Süleiman’s sister Hatice Sultan, and was as such a bridegroom to the Ottoman dynasty. They lived in the palace.

An important example of 16th-century Ottoman architecture, the building is situated on the grounds of Eastern Roman Empire’s 

The palace saw many events such as civil disorder and revolts aside weddings, festivities and celebrations. After Ibrahim Pasha’s strangling, the palace served as residence for other grand viziers, and functioned also as military quarters, embassy, revenue office, quarters for the Ottoman military band, sewing works and prison.