Budin Eyalet

Province of Budin (Buda)
Eyālet-i Budin
Budai vilajet
Budimski vilajet
Eyalet of Ottoman Empire





Budin Eyalet, Ottoman Empire in 1683
Capital Budin (Hungarian: Buda)
47°28′N 19°03′E / 47.467°N 19.050°E / 47.467; 19.050Coordinates: 47°28′N 19°03′E / 47.467°N 19.050°E / 47.467; 19.050
Government Pashaluk
  Siege of Buda 1541
  Battle of Buda 1686
Today part of  Slovakia

Budin Eyalet (also known as Province of Budin / Buda or Pashaluk of Budin / Buda; Ottoman Turkish: ایالت بودین; Eyālet-i Budin,[1] Hungarian: Budai vilajet, Serbian: Budimski vilajet or Будимски вилајет, Croatian: Budimski vilajet) was an administrative unit of the Ottoman Empire in Central Europe and the Balkans. It was formed on the territories that Ottoman Empire conquered from the medieval Kingdom of Hungary and Serbian Despotate. The capital of the Budin Province was Budin (Hungarian: Buda).

Population of the province was ethnically and religiously diverse and included Hungarians, Croats, Serbs, Slovaks, Muslims of various ethnic origins (living mainly in the cities) and others (Jews, Romani, etc.). The city of Buda itself became majority Muslim during the seventeenth century, largely through the immigration of Balkan Muslims.[2]


The pasha of Budin receives the envoy of the Ottoman Sultan.
Northern part of Budin Eyalet in 1572.

In the 16th century the Ottoman Empire had conquered the southern "line of fortresses" (végvár) of the Kingdom of Hungary. After the Battle of Mohács where the Kingdom of Hungary was heavily defeated, and the turmoil caused by the defeat, the influence was spread on the middle part of the Kingdom of Hungary. While Ottoman troops invaded Buda in 1526 and 1529, Suleyman I used the Buda area as a territory of the allied kingdom and did not annex it fully to the Empire.[3]

In 1541, Suleyman decided to consolidate the conquered Buda area and to set it up as an organic part of the Empire. He drove away the Austrian commander Roggendorf, besieging the city, and on 29 August 1541 he took control of the city with a trick; together with the city on the other side of Danube, Pest. He immediately organised the first Central European vilajet (province) with capital in Buda (Budin in Turkish).

The same year, several other cities fell under Ottoman rule: Szeged, Kalocsa, Szabadka (Serbian: Sabatka, modern Subotica). In the years 1543-44, the Ottomans conquered the fortresses of Nógrád, Vác, Fehérvár, Pécs and Siklós which were embedded into the new vilajet.[4]

In 1552 the vilajet was expanded with new territories in the North, and the new Vilajet of Temeşvar (Romanian: Timişoara) was established. Military control of the surrounding areas was driven from Budin.[5]

The following year, the advance of the Ottomans slowed down and the territory of the Budin vilajet did not change until the ending of the Fifteen Years War and the Peace of Zsitvatorok, where the Ottomans lost territories North of Nógrád. However Eğri and Kanije were captured during these wars and were shortly managed as sanjaks in this province.[4]

The territory of the eyalet was significantly reduced in size with the establishment of the eyalets of Eğri (1596) and Kanije (1600).[6] Nevertheless, it remained the foremost Ottoman province in Central Europe, owing to the strategic importance of Budin as a major port on the Danube.[7]

In the 17th century Kara Mustafa conquered more vast areas from the Habsburg Kingdom of Hungary and its vassal Principality of Transylvania, but did not succeed in conquering Vienna in 1683. This failed attempt heralded the gradual decline of Ottoman power in Europe. On 2 September 1686 Budin was captured by the troops of the Holy League.


Military conflicts were a regular occurrence on the Ottoman-Habsburg border, so there was a constant need of a significant military presence. If the sultan or the great commander was not present, then the post of general commander was taken by the pashas of Budin. His power was enlarged to the vilajet of Temeşvar (from 1552), Eğri (from 1596), Kanije (from 1600) and to Varad (from 1660).

The title of the Budin pasha was enhanced to be the great commander from 1623.

The number of the troops in the province at this time is difficult to estimate. There are documents to show 10,200 soldiers in the fortresses in 1546, and 12,451 soldiers in 1568. Auxiliary troops called spahi's were also present, but no accurate figures are available. The cost of maintaining this large force put pressure on the budget of the province. In 1552, for example, the Porte sent 440,000 gold coins to Budin to provision the army.[8]


The Ottoman Empire put all efforts to strengthen the stronghold at Budin. They built several rings of defence around Budin and defended roads for supplies to Vienna, as their aim was to crush the capital of the Habsburgs, which they did not succeed.

The most important fortresses around Budin were Esztergom, Székesfehérvár, and also less important Vác and Visegrád. To the south, the most relevant fortress was Szigetvár.


In the 145 years Ottoman era, the city of Budin was not converted to the "Italian" type of defensive fortress, which was in the fashion at that time.[9] The old fortress was enlarged by the "Víziváros" walls and a small stronghold was built on the Gellért hill.

The Budin Castle was already standing on a Medieval castle, with more or less same walls as per now. Various towers were built by Ottomans i.e. "Murad pasha tower" (Murad pasha kulesi) between 1650 and 1653. The walls were enlarged in Gellért hill, in Rózsadomb, Nap-hegy and on the side of the Danube. The main castle was also walled inside, where they have made small openings so that the sentry could move easily.[9]

Administrative divisions

After 1541, province included following sanjaks:[10]

  1. Sanjak of Budin (Buda)
  2. Sanjak of Semendire (Smederevo)
  3. Sanjak of İzvornik (Zvornik)
  4. Sanjak of Vulçetrin (Vushtrri)
  5. Sanjak of Pojega (Požega)
  6. Sanjak of Mohaç (Mohács)
  7. Sanjak of İstolni Belgrad (Székesfehérvár)
  8. Sanjak of Segedin (Szeged)
  9. Sanjak of Sirem (Syrmia)
  10. Sanjak of Kopan (Koppany)
  11. Sanjak of Şikloş (Siklos)
  12. Sanjak of Peçuy (Pécs)
  13. Sanjak of Vidin
  14. Sanjak of Alacahisar (Kruševac)
  15. Sanjak of Çanad (Cenad)
  16. Sanjak of Beçkerek (Zrenjanin)
  17. Sanjak of Hipovo

In about 1566, province included following sanjaks:[11]

  1. Sanjak of Budin (Buda)
  2. Sanjak of Semendire (Smederevo)
  3. Sanjak of Pojega (Požega)
  4. Sanjak of Mıhaç (Mohács)
  5. Sanjak of İstolni Belgrad (Székesfehérvár)
  6. Sanjak of Segedin (Szeged)
  7. Sanjak of Sirem (Syrmia)
  8. Sanjak of Baboça (Babocsa)
  9. Sanjak of Zigetvar (Szigetvar)
  10. Sanjak of Peçuy (Pécs)
  11. Sanjak of Estergon (Esztergom)
  12. Sanjak of Hatvan
  13. Sanjak of Filek (Filakovo)
  14. Sanjak of Seçen (Szécsény)
  15. Sanjak of Sonluk (Szolnok)
  16. Sanjak of Şimontorna (Simontornya)
  17. Sanjak of Kopan (Koppány)
  18. Sanjak of Şikloş (Siklós)
  19. Sanjak of Sekçay (Szekszárd)
  20. Sanjak of Novigrad (Nograd)
  21. Sanjak of Pespirim (Veszprém)

In about 1600, province included following sanjaks:[10]

  1. Sanjak of Semendire (Smederevo)
  2. Sanjak of Sirem (Syrmia)
  3. Sanjak of Ráckeve
  4. Sanjak of Kopan (Koppány)
  5. Sanjak of İstolni Belgrad (Székesfehérvár)
  6. Sanjak of Mıhaç (Mohács)
  7. Sanjak of Şikloş (Siklós)
  8. Sanjak of Seçuy

In 1610, province included following sanjaks:[10]

  1. Sanjak of Budin (Buda)
  2. Sanjak of Sirem (Syrmia)
  3. Sanjak of Ráckeve
  4. Sanjak of Kopan (Koppány)
  5. Sanjak of İstolni Belgrad (Székesfehérvár)
  6. Sanjak of Mıhaç (Mohács)

Before the end of Ottoman administration (i.e. before 1699), province included following sanjaks:[10]

  1. Sanjak of Budin (Buda)
  2. Sanjak of Sirem (Syrmia)
  3. Sanjak of Semendire (Smederevo)
  4. Sanjak of Sekçay (Szekszárd)
  5. Sanjak of Şimontorna (Simontornya)
  6. Sanjak of İstolni Belgrad (Székesfehérvár)
  7. Sanjak of Estergon (Esztergom)
  8. Sanjak of Mohaç (Mohács)
  9. Sanjak of Peçuy (Pécs)

See also


  1. "Some Provinces of the Ottoman Empire". Geonames.de. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  2. Faroqhi, Suraiya (1994). "Crisis and Change, 1590-1699". In İnalcık, Halil; Donald Quataert. An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 440. ISBN 0-521-57456-0.
  3. "Török hódoltság Magyarországon". Terebess Ázsia Lexikon. Terebess Hungária Kft. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
  4. 1 2 Dr. Papp-Váry, Árpád (2005). Középiskolai történelmi atlasz. Budapest: Cartographia Kft. pp. 43–44. ISBN 963-352-557-8.
  5. Fekete, Lajos; Nagy Lajos (1986). Budapest története a török korban (History of Budapest in Ottoman period). Budapest: Akadémia Kiadó. ISBN 963-05-4394-X.
  6. Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire, p. 96, at Google Books By Gábor Ágoston, Bruce Alan Masters
  7. Guns for the sultan: military power and the weapons industry in the Ottoman ..., p. 136, at Google Books By Gábor Ágoston
  8. R. Várkonyi, Ágnes (1997). Megújulások kora (Age of renewals). Budapest: Helikon Kiadó. p. 17. ISBN 963-208-426-8.
  9. 1 2 Fekete, Lajos; Nagy Lajos (1986). Budapest története a török korban. Budapest: Akadémia Kiadó. p. 100. ISBN 963-05-4394-X.
  10. 1 2 3 4 Dr Dušan J. Popović, Srbi u Vojvodini, knjiga I, Novi Sad, 1990, page 201.
  11. http://web.archive.org/web/20040308073040/http://www.sulinet.hu/eletmod/hogyantovabb/tovabbtanulas/elokeszito/tortenelem/6het/map.jpg


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