Notes on the Geography of Turkey (Istanbul): Secular Monuments: Photo 9
Still within the hippodrome there's this graceful kiosk. Ottoman? No. Then what? Would you believe it was given by Kaiser Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdul Hamid in 1900 as a momento of the kaiser's visit to Istanbul two years earlier? (The kaiser was a good friend of the sultan's, at least to the extent that heads of state have friends.) Despite its neo-Byzantine style, the fountain was designed by Max Spitta, most of whose career was devoted to churches in Berlin. It was made in Germany, too, and shipped here in pieces.
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