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Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul

Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul

During the Ottoman period, sultans, state officials, palace members and individuals had many fountains built for charity. Although the Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul have survived to the present day and are still in use, most of them have unfortunately been devastated and dehydrated.

Giving water to thirsty people in the Ottoman culture was considered to be an important good. Delivering water to the people by having a fountain and a fountain was considered as worship. Therefore, especially the women of the palace, especially the state, made fountains in their names. Transmission lines, aqueducts, dams, pools, masks, cisterns, water scales from history to present show the importance Ottoman gives to water.

Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul
Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul

Sultan III. Ahmed Meydan Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul and Latest

It is the best example of architecture among the Ottoman Fountains in Istanbul. The baroque style was used for the first time in the fountain built during the Tulip Period. The decorated boards on the facades are among the most valuable works of the period, decorated with flowers, fruits and rosettes.


The fountain located in Galata Square is one of the most beautiful examples of stonework. It was built by the muezzin head of Fatih Sultan Mehmed. It has all the features of the Tulip Age architecture. It is quite remarkable with flowers in vase and flower pot, fruits in bowl, lotus, palmette motifs, muqarnas borders, oyster shell niches, wavy belts, brow belts. It was moved to Galata Tower Square in 1958.


It was built next to Gümüşsuyu Military Hospital by Sultan Abdülaziz. The fountain, which has a marble façade, has two spiral S folds, and there is an inscription written as “A Turk Thousand Hasma Costs / What Happens I Say”. It was removed during the road works and re-established in Edirnekapı Martyrdom.


It is a corner fountain and fountain. The fountain in Sirkeci Hocapaşa is used as a buffet today. There are muqarnas stalactites on the sides, decorative bowls in front and on both sides. It has high pointed arches in neogothic style.


Sultan II. It was built by Abdulhamid in front of the Nusretiye Mosque in Tophane. The architect of the fountain, which has an eclectic original architecture, is Italian Raimondo d’Aronco. It was dismantled during the road expansion works in 1957 and moved to Besiktas Macka Park.


It was built by Gazanfer Aga, the State Cap in the late 16th century. Later, in 1741, the Cover of Mahmud 1 was repaired by Ahmed Aga. Cut stone was used in the fountain built in the classical style. It is a one-sided square fountain. It is located at the head of Ayrılık Çesmesi Street in Haydarpasa, Kadıkoy.


The huge fountain built by Ishak Aga during the reign of Sultan Mahmud I is located in Beykoz Square. The fountain, which has ten bowls, is also known as Oncesmeler. The fountain, which is used today, was repaired in 2006.


German Emperor II. Wilhelm sent the fountain he had built in Germany in 1901 to Istanbul as a gift to Sultan Abdulhamit. It is located in Sultanahmet Square. Its architecture is different from Ottoman architecture and European architecture. The purpose of the gift is written in the inscription on the fountain as a memory of gratitude.


It was built in Eminonu Square in 1605 by the vizier Ahmed I. The reason why it was called beautifully was given the nickname because the vizier was handsome. It is a three-sided square fountain. There is the monogram of Sultan Abdulmecit on the fountain.


The fountain, which belongs to the 18th century, is located in Uskudar Iskele Square. In 1729, Sultan III. It was built by Grand Vizier Damat Ibrahim Pasha as the dignity of Emetullah Gulnus Valide Sultan by order of Ahmed. There are fountains and water bows in each surroundings of the fountain with four fronts. The fountain, which is one of the striking examples, has floral motifs, flower branches and muqarnas ornaments.


It was built in 1732 by Tophane Square by Sultan Mahmud I. It is a square fountain with four fronts. Each of its facades is decorated with floral motifs and ornaments. Embossing technique was used on the border and this border wraps around the fountain. Fruit motifs are engraved in the bowl in round arches. It has mukarnas stalactites. Round arched niches with oyster slices are placed under the stalactites. There are wavy eyebrow motifs on the mirror stones and a rose-like motif in the middle and cypress tree motifs on the sides. It is one of the most ornate fountains of the Ottoman Period.


The fountain in Galata Square was built in 1732 by Saliha sultan, the mother of Sultan Mahmud I. This fountain has called the square where it is located.

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