The Sanki Yedim Mosque in Istanbul is around 100 m2 inside and 130 m2 outside. It has a capacity of 200 worshippers. The mosque is a four-quartered reinforced concrete edifice with massive domes. The minaret has one reinforced concrete balcony, and the mosque is relatively basic and devoid of architectural art scenes.
History of Sanki Yedim Mosque
The story of the the mosque is one of the strangest, funniest, and most telling. A pastoralist from Istanbul’s Fatih area, Hayreddin Kececi Efendi, is claimed to have died. He used to walk around markets saying to himself, “as if I ate,” and then putting the money in a box for when he wanted fruit, meat, or candy.
He was able to build a small mosque in his area after saving the majority of his money for several years. The mosque was renamed “Sanki Yedim” when word of his story spread, and it has since become the craziest name for a mosque in Istanbul, if not the entire world.
The Mosque, a witness to a poor man’s strong dedication and discipline, may be found among the old houses on Kirbaci Nam Street in Fatih if you visit Istanbul. He forewent life’s pleasures in order to build a mosque that would have a lasting impact in the afterlife. “If life’s pleasures beckoned you, reply as if I were hungry!” says the man in his story.