Koprulu Library Istanbul
The first book was donated by the Köprülü family
The Köprülü Library is one of the first examples of an independent library building in Istanbul. It is located in a garden with walls on three sides, surrounded by streets and constructed with alternating stone and brick, covered by a dome placed on an octagonal rim on the outside with a pendentive square plan. The arcade part, which is reached by a four-step staircase in the western section of the library was moved to the front and is now a T-shape.
There is a diamond-shaped head placed on top of six marble pillars and a spire arch arcade covered with four domes and access to the library is through a door in the central axis of the arcade. The interior is illuminated by windows, one on each side, two in the upper level and three each with six upper part windows across the entrance. There are spire discharge arches with rectangular jambs and the interior surface of the dome and pendentives are decorated with over-the-gate pen works. The attractive ‘C’ and ‘S’ curves catch the visitors’ attention among these brown, black and red ornamentations. Written underneath the flower designs are the word, “Maşallah,” and date 1667-1668 (1181 Hijri). Also written on the inner door “Maşallah” and the date of 1872 (1289 Hijri) and 1911 (1327 Hijri) as it is understood the library underwent restoration at both these times.
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