Place to Visit in Vefa
Vefa Church MosqueVefa Kilise Mosque (Church Mosque) on Molla Şemsettin Camii Sokak was once known as Church of St. Theodore and believed to date between the 10th and 12th centuries and has marble pieces from an earlier Byzantine building. The 14th century narthex has frescoes inside the domes that look very much like those in the Chora Church.
Vefa High SchoolOn Dedeefendi Caddesi is the Vefa High School, built in 1872 and is now housed inside an excellent example of 1920s First National Architecture that was designed by Kemeleddin Bey In the grounds is the multi-domed Şehid Ali Paşa Library founded in 1715 although its books have been moved to the Süleymaniye Library.
Vefa MosqueThe modern Vefa Mosque is on Vefa Caddesi Road and was built on the site of a 15th century structure and in the grounds here is the tomb of Şeyh Muslihiddin Vefa, a holy man from the late 15th century who had a large and faithful following. There is also a ‘çilhane’ a cell in which a holy man would fast in seclusion.
Atif Efendi LibraryFurther up the road on the left is the Atif Efendi Library which was the second such building to be founded in Istanbul in 1741-2 and once housed a collection of over 25,000 manuscripts inside its attractive complex that also had accommodation for its staff.
Things to do in Vefa
Getting to VefaFrom Eminonu take Bus Nos. 336E and 78 and from Taksim Bus Nos. 69A and 46H running to Unkapani alight there and walk uphill along Atatürk Boulevard and you will find Vefa on the left side and Zeyrek on the right side.
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Turkish Food Recipes
Artichokes with Fava Beans in Olive Oil - Legume Courses
Aubergine or Egg Plant Salad - Salads
Lamb and Okra Stew - Red Meat Courses
Okra with Chicken - White Meat Courses
Spiced Mutton Liver (Arnavut Cigeri) - Meat Mezes
Keskul or Almond Cream - Dairy Desserts