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Mehmed Said Efendi in Paris in 1742. Joseph Aved, Musée de Versailles.

Portrait of Sahid Mehemet Effendi Emissary to the Swedish Court. George Engelhardt Schroeder (1684-1750), 1733.

Said Effendi in Paris in 1742, by Charles-Antoine Coypel.

Yirmisekizzade Mehmed Said Paşa (died October 1761), also Sahid Mehemet Effendi or Mehmed Said Efendi, was a Georgian[1] Ottoman statesman. He was Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from October 25, 1755 to April 1, 1756.[1]

He was a son of Yirmisekiz Mehmed Çelebi, ambassador of the Ottoman Empire to France in 1720-1721. He already accompanied his father during this first mission in France in 1720-1721 as his personal secretary. He is said to have enjoyed the French culture and lifestyle tremendously, and ended up speaking French fluently.[2]

Sahid Mehemet Effendi was himself dispatched for an embassy in Paris in 1742, as well as another more historically significant one in Sweden in 1733 and Poland, which led to his writing a sefaretname.[3] In Sweden, he succeeded Mustapha Aga as ambassador.[4]

Reception of the Turkish envoy Mehmed Said Efendi in the Audience Room at the Royal Castle, Warsaw 1731 (watercolour painting by Joachim Daniel von Jauch)

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971, p. 60.
  2. East encounters West by Fatma Müge Göçek p.69-70
  3. East encounters West by Fatma Müge Göçek p.85
  4. Imber, p.53


  • Fatma Müge Göçek East encounters West: France and the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth century Oxford University Press US, 1987 ISBN 0-19-504826-1
  • Colin Imber, Keiko Kiyotaki, Rhoads Murphey Frontiers of Ottoman studies: state, province, and the West I.B.Tauris, 2005 ISBN 1-85043-664-9
Preceded by
Nişancı Ali Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
25 October 1755 – 1 April 1756
Succeeded by
Köse bahir Mustafa Pasha

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