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Istanbul Eyup May 2014 8652.jpg
28-May-2014 Dick Osseman

Istanbul Eyup May 2014 8652.jpg

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Mihrişah Valide Sultan külliye: sebil and çeşme

This is part of a külliye built in 1794 by the mother of Selim III. It is, according to Strolling Through Istanbul, one of the largest and most elaborate of all the baroque complexes. What you see is the türbe of Mihrişah Valide Sultan herself.

One of several pictures I took during a visit in the early evening in May 2014. Many spots were much quieter than during the daytime, the mosque itself was still rather busy.

In this case with Eyüp I mean the area, rather than the mosque alone.

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On the picture: Two types of public fountains: a ‘çeşme’ (on the left) and a ‘sebil’ (on its right). Both dating from 1800 and built in Turkish Neo-baroque style.

A çeşme (a kind of fountain) is a piece of architecture which supplies drinking water. They were connected to springs or aqueducts. Until the late 19th century most ‘çeşme’ operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow.

A sebil is a kiosk-shaped public fountain, with grilled office-windows where attendants handed fresh water over to the public. Generally a sebil had a cellar, where large blocks of ice were brought in during winter. So, in summer, the drinking water could be cooled before distributing it.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: (amongst others) ‘Guides Bleus: Turquie’ – Edition 198 & Wikipedia.

One of several pictures I took during a visit in the early evening in May 2014. Many spots were much quieter than during the daytime, the mosque itself was still rather busy.

In this case with Eyüp I mean the area, rather than the mosque alone.

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