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Discoveries in Istanbul: German Fountain

Sultanahmet Square is one of the most beautiful areas of Istanbul, which makes us move even when we only hear its name. I can't decide whether the air, rich cultural and social history or unique works of art, which are the products of the reflection of this accumulation on architecture, attract us here. But there's something I think we can agree on.  No matter how crowded it is, there's something about this neighborhood that relaxes and is good for the soul. Perhaps that's why thousands of people gathered here during both the Roman and Byzantine Empires. It acted as a center for all social activities such as horse-driving cars, races, music banquets. None of them will be overshadowed by each other, and they are still alive today with works of art that are given the honor of being loved by the people of each century. Always popular with local and foreign tourists... The beautiful Sultanahmet of poetry. Let's face it, I told you at first how much it moved us...


Today we're going to talk about a gift in this neighborhood. An elegant structure that brings a different breath to the square, the German Fountain, where we all stop and take a photo as we pass by.

M. Spitta was the architect of the German Fountain, built in the old Horse Square to commemorate the visit of German Emperor Kaiser II Wilhem II to Sultan Abdulhamid II in 1898. In fact, there are rumors that all parts of the fountain were put together in Istanbul, where they were made in Germany. After the completion of the fountain, the opening ceremony was held on January 27, 1901. The pheasant Line and the pheasant Line date back to 1316 and were said to be a "souvenir of gratitude" using phrases that indicated that it was also made in German in reference to the visit.
 


Apart from turkish fountain architecture, it is possible to see the neo-Byzantine style... One of the most important features of the fountain, whose materials are quite valuable, is that it is made in the form of octagonals. The eight arches on eight green pillars carry a copper-clad dome. Inside the dome, gold mosaics and the symbols "W" and "II" with crowns that will make Sultan Kaiser II. Wilhem remembered in four medallions are engraved with mosaic decorations.


It is a beautiful gift given to a state like the Ottoman Empire that attaches great importance to the construction of fountains and puts water at the center of life. Located opposite the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and next to the Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, the structure that adds a different color to the region is worth a visit with its elaborate embroidery.

Read also: Discoveries in Istanbul: Basilica Cistern

 


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