Tophane Fountain Istanbul
LocationThe Tophane Square Fountain is located in a triangular area between Necati Bey and Tophane Iskele Streets in the Beyoglu District just opposite the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque.
HistoryThe fountain was built by order of Sultan Mahmut I (1730-1754) in 1732 and is a work of art by the architect Mehmet Aga. Its history was detailed by the poet Nahifi and it forms an architectural unity with the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque .
It was completely rebuilt in 1957 after being damaged by fire in the mid-18th century and recently underwent further restoration which included being fully re-gilded. This important fountain was restored in 2006 by Sakasu, a Sabanci Group company who enhanced its many ornaments using 23 karat golden leaf on an area of 40sqm and the fountain was put back into service during a magnificent opening ceremony with the participation of Kadir Topbas, the mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and Guler Sabanci , the CEO of Sabancı Group.
This area was once a fruit and vegetable market and prior to that a military parade ground.
Design of the Tophane FountainThe immense size of the structure helped it to become one of the architectural highlights in the area and its square shape, decoration, overhanging roof, wide eaves and sharply arched niches shows the transition from Classical Ottoman to Baroque style architecture and reflects an aesthetic harmony. The natural motifs of flowers clustered in vases showcase a Naturmort style and as it was built during a transitional period it shows examples of the most beautiful architectural techniques of that time.
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