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Yusuf Pasha
Jusuf Mašković
Born ca. 1604
Died 1646
Allegiance Ottoman flag.svg Ottoman Empire
Years of service fl. 1643-1646

Yusuf Pasha or Jusuf Mašković (1604-1646) was an Ottoman vezir and admiral (Kapudan Pasha, supreme commander of the Ottoman fleet), known as the conqueror of Chania in western Crete in only 54 days (1645).[1] He built a large han, or Turkish inn, at Vrana in 1644 (Maškovića Han), which still stands.


Origin and earlyEdit

Josef Mašković[1] was born a Christian in ca. 1604, in Vrana, Dalmatia, then at the Venetian-Ottoman frontier.

According to Frane Difnico, Yusuf was the servant of Durak Bey, while Girolamo Brusoni claims that his father was the servant of Halil Bey, and that Yusuf was the groomer of Ibrahim Bey Bećiragić in Nadin. Brusoni said that Yusuf eventually came into good relations with the Beys, who even claimed him as a relative and near friend ("Durachbeg, che si dice suo parente" "Il Sapitan bie Bessiraghch, suo amico"). At the service of the Bećiragići in Nadin, Josef learned the Turkish language and alphabet. Though he was a sharp and intelligent boy, he was in serious poverty; once an elder lady of Nadin saw him barefooted and gave him opanci.

While following his master on a trip, he got to know a gatekeeper of the Porte, and decided to join Ottoman service in Constantinople.


He was an ally of Jinji Hoja.[1]


He built a large han, or Turkish inn, at Vrana in 1644 (Maškovića Han).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Molly Greene, A shared world: Christians and Muslims in the early modern Mediterranean (2002), p. 17


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