Yahya Efendi Tomb

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On a clear sunny winter’s day in Istanbul I paid a visit to the Yahya Efendi tomb, located halfway up a really steep hill in Besiktas. Born in Trabzon in 1495, Yahya Efendi was a famous scholar of the 16th century. His year of birth coincided with that of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, whose mother also breastfed Yahya Efendi, making them milk brothers. When prince Süleyman became the 10th Ottoman Sultan aka Süleyman the Magnificent, Yahya Efendi became his advisor. Later in life Yahya Efendi bought the plot where his tomb now stands, and established a lodge to provide training and aid to the needy of Istanbul.

Broken gravestones on a terrace overlooking the Bosphorus
Gravestones at Yahya Efendi Tomb
Looking out over the graveyard from inside the mosque
View out the window at Yahya Efendi Tomb

Find out all about the history of the Yahya Efendi Tomb complex and how to get there in my alternative guide, Istanbul 50 Unsung Places. I’ve done all the hard work for you so all you have to do is enjoy it.

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