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Istanbul june 2009 2460.jpg

Istanbul june 2009 2460.jpg

All these pictures are from the monumental grave chamber of Eyüp, which is covered with Iznik tiles of the best quality. The grave proper is in a room that one can look into through elaborate grating. In the room where the believers gather there is a showcase with what must be a footprint of the prophet, I distinctly think it used to be in the Topkapı museum. Here it is much more in its proper place.

On the picture: The ‘Kısmet Kuyusu Taşı’ (the Stone of Fortune’s Well), which bears a poem; it dates from 1607 (reign of Ahmet I). Decoration and calligraphy are in Classical Ottoman style.
This ‘Fortune’s Well’ lies inside the Türbe (mausoleum) of Eyüp Sultan; its water is believed to be salutary and even curative. Therefore, the well is also popularly called ‘Dilek Kuyusu’ (the Well of Wishes).

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Türkiye Tarihi Yerler Kılavuzu’ – M.Orhan Bayrak, Inkılâp Kitabevi, Istanbul, 1994.
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