"Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain" German Fountain - Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain Tip by nicolaitan


The newest feature at the Hippodrome site was a gift marking the second visit of Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm to Turkey and Sultan Abdulhamid II in 1898. It was constructed in parts in Germany and shipped to Turkey for assembly and features an octagonal dome covered in mosaics supported by eight marble columns. It occupies the approximate site of the Byzantine Emperor's seats. The original inauguration date was set for the 25th anniversary of Abdulhamid's ascendancy but construction delays deferred the date to 27 Jan 1901, the Kaiser's birthday.

The visits of Kaiser Wilhelm were of great political importance to Germany. Not only did the Kaiser gain approval for a German railroad through Turkey to Persia allowing for transport of goods for business as well as military forces. The impoverished Ottoman Empire had no funds for this project. Germany also won rights to search for oil within the Ottoman Empire. Perhaps most important from a historical viewpoint is the alliance of the two nations which lasted through WWI.

Address: Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square

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  • Written Mar 22, 2009
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    Mar 20, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Hi Lew, most interesting and very well written. I enjoyed tips of places you visited ( mosques) which we missed. A city overloaded with history & magnificent buildings, I could return and be very happy just walking the streets and enjoyed what we had previously missed. Thanks for the tour.


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