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Imarets in the Ottoman Empire
Imarets have long been recognised as one signature istitution of the Ottoman Empire. These public kitchens were typically located in mosque complexes or multi-structured complexes, which included some or all of the following buildings: mosque, medrese. mekteb, tomb, caravansaray, sufi tekke, hospital, bath, market, and other structures associated with the social, economic and cultural life of the population, usually in an urban setting.