On the picture: The canopy of the monumental gate of the Ayasofya Ímareti (soup kitchen for the poor), which sultan Mahmud I (1730-1754) had built adjacent to the Ayasofya complex (at its northeast corner, to be precise) in 1743. The gate is one of the best examples of 18th century ‘Turkish Barok’ in Istanbul.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: Website of ‘ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr’ .
The imaret now houses the fine carpet museum.