Defterdar Mosque

Defterdar Mosque
Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates 41°02′31″N 28°56′15″E / 41.042°N 28.9376°E / 41.042; 28.9376
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Mimar Sinan
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Classical Ottoman
Completed 1542
Minaret(s) 1

The Defterdar Mosque, or in long form the Defterdar Mahmut Efendi Mosque (Turkish: Defterdar Camii, Defterdar Mahmut Efendi Camii), is a historical mosque located in Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey. It was commissioned by Defterdar Nazlı Mahmut Efendi (c. 1500-1546) and built by architect Mimar Sinan in 1542 ("defterdar" was the head of the financial department in Ottoman Empire). Instead of a crescent, this mosque has "ink pot and pen" on top of its dome, representing the profession of the founder of the mosque. (since "defterdar" means chamberlain, literally it means defter:notebook + dar:suffix for "doer"). The original pair was broken by a storm in 1997. Ten years later, on 30 May 2007, a new inkpot and a pen assembled on top of the dome of the mosque.[1]

See also


  1. Cumhuriyet (Newspaper), 3 June 2007, page 15 (Turkish)

Coordinates: 41°02′31″N 28°56′15″E / 41.042°N 28.9376°E / 41.042; 28.9376

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