YAVUZ SULTAN SELIMSelim I, the great Turkish sultan, served as the governor of Trabzon for 22 years between 1489 and 1511. He became the governor of the sanjak of Trabzon at the age of 19, and acted like a president rather than like a governor of a sanjak.
He even formed an army from the people of Trabzon against possible attacks to the sanjak. In 1491, he had the walls of Trabzon repaired, increased the number of his soldiers, and gave importance to the equipment of the soldiers. As a result of some conflicts around Trabzon, he carried out campaigns against Circassia and Georgia.
Selim I, who served the longest as the governor of the sanjak of Trabzon, had an interest in literature, too. In his poems, he preferred the Persian language. He is the only poet who did not have a collection of works in the Turkish language. The statue of this great Turkish sultan was erected in Ortahisar neighborhood of Trabzon in a ceremony on 27 September 2005.