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Sat 26 September 2020:

Leading Turkish star Engin Altan Duzyatan, who essays the titular role in Dirilis: Ertugrul, will reportedly next be seen in another historical drama series Barbaros.

According to media reports, Altan Duzyatan aka Ertugrul will portray the lead role of Hayrettin Pasha, the Ottoman admiral whose naval victories secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century.

The drama series in currently in its early production stages.

Neither Altan nor the makers of Barbaros have made any official statement in this regard.

Earlier, there were reports Altan will play role of the elder brother of the famous Hayrettin Pasha in Barbaros.

Engin Altan Duzyatan popularity has skyrocketed with his outstanding performance in historic drama series Dirilis: Ertugrul or Ertugrul Ghazi.

Who was Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha?

During the periods of Bayezid II and Selim I, the Ottoman navy expanded in terms of the number of ships as existing shipyards were enlarged and new ones were built. The next move was to employ experienced sailors in the Ottoman navy.

When Süleyman I invited Barbaros Hayreddin, the sultan of Algiers who entered Ottoman service during his father Selim I’s reign, to Istanbul and appointed him grand admiral in 1534, the Ottoman navy became the most powerful sea force in the Mediterranean. Süleyman I appointing Barbaros as naval commander and granting him the title of vizier was a turning point in Ottoman maritime history.

Thanks to its powerful navy, the Ottoman Empire could help Muslim states in India and the Far East and ensured maritime security for commercial and religious purposes.

In an inscription dated 1538 – the famous Bender Inscription – Süleyman I was described as a sultan “who sends his fleets to the seas of Europe, the Maghreb and India.”

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