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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