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Near Kabataş

I here show some pictures I took after finding the mosque at Kabataş (the final stop of a tramway, along the Bosporus, at the European northern side) closed for restoration.
I walked on the other side of the extremely busy road that continues into the direction of Dolmabahçe, but going south, and came across three nice little structures, one of them a small graveyard with a mausoleum, another a drinking fountain (that had been moved from elsewhere) and a Sebil. The latter had been transferred also and now functioned as the heart of a fine spot for tea and soft drinks (and snacks and all that). I went there several times and thought it delightful.
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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.
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