Vahid Mehmet Pasha

Ottoman Ambassador to Napoleon

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Vahid Mehmet Paşa: There are two graves in Geyikli Yukarı Mosque. One of them belongs to Vahid Mehmet Pasha, the Governor of the Old Aleppo, and the other belongs to Hasan Efendi. The stone of the witness is adorned with Egyptian style, and all three ornamented writings in the same sense attract attention. The meaning of writing; “May you recite al Fatiha (the first surah in Quran) for the soul of deceased Vahid Esseyyid Mehmed Pasha, the former governor of Aleppo, may God rest him in paradise” Hijri 1244 – Gregorian 1828/1829. Vahid Mehmet Pasha was born in Kilis. When he was a child, he came to Istanbul with his mother and rose in the finance bureaucracy. He served in various regions of the Ottoman Empire. In the end, when he was charged with the head of Registry Office, he was appointed as a delegate by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806. Upon his return to the Country, after he held important positions such as the Head of Registry, the Deputy Head of Council Clerks, Tophane Minister and Shipyard Security Officer, he served as Governor of Teke, Hamid and Hanya with the honer of vizier, and Sakız Guardin during Mora rebellion.

He was blamed and exiled for being responsible for a number of events during his Sakız guardianship. After the facts were understood, his honor was restored and he was appointed as the Governor of Aleppo. After a while, he was appointed as the Governor of Bosnia. On his way to Bosnia, he passed away in Geyikli. The cause of death is unclear. Since Geyikli Pier was used by those who go to Europe very intensively during that periods, it must have been on the transit route of the governor going from Aleppo to Bosnia. Vahid Mehmet Pasha, a sayyid who descended from our Prophet (pbuh) was a good writer alongside his governorship. His Sefaretname, the memorandum of consulate, which he wrote about the Franse mission, is famous. The name of his work is “Seferetnâme-i France.. In his work, he tells of his travel to Poland to meet with the Emperor Napoleon who was on a campaign at that time, his going to Paris via Vieanna after his meeting with Napoleaon and his stay in Paris, his being invited by Napoleaon for the second time, and finally, his return to Homeland after Paris Ambassador Muhid Efendi’s being appointed for peace negotiations. Apart from this, he has three other works.

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