In my opinion,this fountain is one of most beautiful examples of its kind and a must see place when you visit Istanbul.In fact you can't miss it because it is just in front of the main gate of Topkapi Palace.
The Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III (Turkish: III. Ahmet Çeşmesi) is a fountain in a Turkish rococo structure located in the great square in front of the Imperial Gate of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built under Ottoman sultan Ahmed III in 1728, in the style of the Tulip period. It was a social centre and gathering place during the Ottoman period of Constantinople.
The fountain kiosk of Ahmed III is located in the place of a Byzantine fountain known as Perayton. The architectural features of the exterior reflect a synthesis of traditional Ottoman and contemporary western styles.
The fountain is a large square block built with five small domes. Mihrab-shaped niches decorated in low relief with foliate and floral designs in each of the four façades, each containing a drinking fountain (çeşme). The water is supplied from an octagonal pool inside the kiosk, with circulation space around it for kiosk attendants. On each corner is a triple-grilled sebil (from which an attendant issued cups of water or sherbet, free of charge, from behind a grille).
Above the drinking fountains and niches on each façade and sebil are large calligraphic plates bordered with blue and red tiles. Each plate bears stanzas of a 14-line poem dedicated to water and its donor by Seyyid Hüseyin Vehbi bin Ahmed, the chief judge of Halep and Kayseri. It is read clockwise around the fountain, beginning at the northern sebil. The last stanza of the poem the northwest façade is a chronogram composed by Ahmed III.
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PaulVDV (15017) 2013-02-26 4:46
With this view upwards you show us also the magnificent underside of the overhanging part of the roof.
What a wonderful and colourful architectural decorations!
You're right, this must be one of the most beautiful fountains ever built.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (122410) 2013-02-26 4:46
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
We get a good details on these picture, this is perfect taken.
You chose a very well angle this gives depth and perspective.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Miguel82 (7757) 2013-02-26 12:41
Nice picture showing the top of that monument
Very precise stone work