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Soğukçeşme Sokağı (Street of the Cold Fountain) is a picturesque pedestrian only street in the Sultanahmet neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey, running between the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace.

The wooden two or three-storey Ottoman style houses consisting of four to ten rooms date from the 19th to 20th century, and have been restored under the initiative of Çelik Gülersoy in 1985-1986.

The renovations/rebuilding created a vitriolic battle that was played out on the pages of İstanbul's newspapers, with some experts arguing that the city would be left with a Disney-style architectural theme park rather than a legitimate exercise in conservation architecture.

Personally, I enjoyed a stroll along the quiet, cobbled street. In this shot you can see the impressive Baroque, doorway to the Hagia Sophia Almshouse which stands on the corner of the street. The charity was established by Sultan Mahmud I (1730-1754) in 1743 at the northeast of Hagia Sophia for the distribution of food to the poor and orphaned people in the area.



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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2503 W: 67 N: 5934] (27068)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-08-28
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 3:30
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