Suleiman gave his old friend plenty of chances to run away from Istanbul, or even to kill the Sultan himself, but Pasha had unbreakable principles about loyalty and friendship and so basically allowed himself to be killed. The gorgeous house he left behind went though a bunch of reinventions including one as a prison before it was turned into a museum in 1914.
Monday, June 22, 2009
While it's famous for the carpets, the museum also has beautiful illustrated Korans and carved woodworking. And the building itself, adjacent to the Hippodrome, is famous as the palace of the famous Ibrihim Pasha, the vizier or advisor to Suleiman the Great. Suleiman loved the guy, gave him his great house and other gifts, but Suleiman's wife Roxana, definitely was not so hot on the guy. She persuades her husband that the advisor is not loyal and Pasha was executed.