Monday, March 26, 2007
The Atıf Efendi was the second independent library, after the Köprülü Library, to have been in the Ottoman period. Built by Atıf Mustafa Efendi in 1741 in the district of Vefa, this manuscript library is one of the best examples of 18th century Turkish Baroque architecture. Its collection consists of over 29,900 volumes, including 358 printed books in Ottoman Turkish and 3228 manuscripts (336 in Ottoman Turkish, 2,406 in Arabic and 84 in Persian). The library is subordinate to the Süleymaniye Library.