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Bereketzade Fountain

Galata Tower Square, Galata, Istanbul

Originally built by Mehmed II’s müezzin (caller to prayer), this fountain was rebuilt in 1732 under the reign of Sultan Mahmud I. Famed as one of the most beautiful fountains of the Tulip Age, it was restored in its original form by the treasurer Azm-i Cemal upon the command of Bezmiâlem Valide Sultan.

Originally located next to Bereketzade Mosque, it later moved to the square around Galata Tower. The single-face wall fountain is adorned with flower motifs and a relief of bowls and peaches from 1732, similar to those in Ahmet III’s Fruit Room in the Topkapı Palace.

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