ARCHITECTURE / istanbulogy / May 11, 2012

What is a fountain for?

As water has always been scarce in the region where Islam has flourished, the Ottomans celebrated the abundance of water by erecting elegant, colossal fountains in the places, where settlement was to be encouraged. With the modern water supply systems, the beautiful fountains of the city are made obsolete. Some of the renovated ones are still inspiring awe at the squares whereas some others are used as a decorative background by vendors at the bazaar.





Tags:  bazaar Eminönü fountains Golden Horn Islam market Market Place old town ottoman Ottoman period street vendors vendors

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