Istanbul's 'as if I have eaten' mosque

The Sanki Yedim mosque is literally named after the saying of a man who called Kececi Hayreddin Efendi who once lived in the area during the Ottoman period.

Istanbul's 'as if I have eaten' mosque

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hidden in the Fatih district of Istanbul, the most populated district of Turkey's biggest city, is a mosque with a very interesting name as well as an interesting tale.

The Sanki Yedim mosque is literally named after the saying of a man who called Kececi Hayreddin Efendi who once lived in the area during the Ottoman period.

Whenever he would go to the market to buy food, he was always say 'sanki yedim', which means 'as if I have eaten.'

Over a period of 20 years this man collected enough money in a box to build a mosque, which the people then named after his words.

Although the original mosque burned down during World War I, it was rebuilt in 1959-1960.

An artists impression of how the mosque used to look.

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