Fountain of Ahmet III
Fountain of Ahmet III
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Neighbourhood: Uskudar
Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.

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tripsandfood55
London, UK4,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
An impressive looking fountain located in front of the Imperial Gate of Topkapı Palace and built in 1728. Used to provide water for travellers and running water for praying people's ritual washing needs, as well as being a social centre and gathering place during the Ottoman period. Worth a look and camera snap if in the area. During our visit, no water was running.
Written 19 July 2023
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
When I first saw this, I wasn't quite sure what it was. I later found out that it was a fountain. Its outside the Topkapi palace gates and is covered in a lovely rocco style.
Worth a look and a photo in front of it.
Written 17 September 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III (built 1728) is a small building containing multiple water spigots (currently not working). The architecture synthesizes traditional Ottoman and contemporary western styles. A square kiosk supports five small domes, with mihrab-shaped niches containing foliate and floral reliefs in each of the four façades, each with a drinking fountain. Water flowed from an octagonal pool inside the kiosk. On each corner is a triple-grilled sebil (from which an attendant dispensed cups of water or sherbet, free of charge, from behind a grille). Large calligraphic plates bordered with blue and red tiles contain poetic stanzas of a 14-line poem dedicated to water and to its donor, Seyyid Hüseyin Vehbi bin Ahmed (a chief judge of Halep and Kayseri). It was a social center and gathering place during the Ottoman empire. The fountain is beautifully lit at night. It is open at all times, with no entry fee.
Written 7 June 2019
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MohammadNejad
Tehran, Iran2,110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
there is a pretty historical building which has been constructed mainly by stone and wood with beautiful art works near Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace called Fountain of Ahmed the third . since is located near to these two great attraction the fountain can not presented as it is . more attention for beautiful hand works on stones , inscriptions ,... are recommended .
Written 13 December 2017
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mrdom
7,961 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
It's really amazing to see the detail put into a simple facility for water. Take a close look before entering Topkapi.
Written 15 April 2017
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Wandering Traveler
Bridgeboro, GA2,568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
It's outside the gates of Topkapi Palace. It's a very beautiful building and great for photos. Numerous couples were present taking pictures.
Written 19 January 2017
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
This is one of my favorite structures of Istanbul. Sultan Ahmet III built this fountain or Çeşmesi in 1782. It was built as a charity for the people visiting the Hagia Sofia Mosque, as they could drink water and perform ablution before entering the mosque. There used to be a Byzantine era water feature here called Perayton. This fountain is constructed in true Tulip Period style, where Westernization of Ottoman designing is evident. I really like the sebils on four corners of the building. These were built to distribute free sweet fruit drinks called 'serbet'. The fountain has taps on all four sides which are decoreted with floral motives and wooden carvings. You can also see some poetry verses on this building. Do not miss this gem of a building when you visit Hagia Sofia Square. On this visit I was really amazed to see the twin of this fountain in Uskudar which was also built by Sultan Ahmet III in 1783.
Written 30 November 2016
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates2,070 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The fountain is located just outside the Topkapi Palace. Nothing much to see just take a picture. The water fountain isn’t working.
Written 3 November 2022
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This fountain is one of the most beautiful examples of Turkish rocco style and was constructed in 1729. Beautiful and worth a closer examination as it is on your way into Topkapi Palace.
Written 28 July 2022
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atulya_sinha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This is an 18th century Rococo style structure built by Sultan Ahmed III, which is located just outside the Topkapi Palace gates. Each corner has marble window grilles, which were used for dispensing iced water or sherbet during the Ottoman rule.
Written 3 November 2019
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