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Wed, Aug. 10th, 2005, 07:14 am

Chinli Kiosk - Istanbul, Turkey

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architect - unknown
date - 1473
style - Ottoman Islamic
notes - "Tiled Pavilion", arcaded entrance, central dome. in the Topkapi Palace.

"The Çinili Kiosk, or Tiled Pavilion, in the Topkapi Palace, at Istanbul, is decorated with glazed faience. Built as early as 1473, and possibly designed by a Persian architect, it exerted a powerful influence upon succeeding Ottoman architecture. Square in plan, it is preceded by an arcaded entrance portico. The interior is roofed with an elaborate arrangement of ribbed vaults and a lofty central dome."

—John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p140.

"The unusual Chinili Kiosk in Istanbul has a plan much influenced by Persian pavilions. The crucifom central space is surmounted by a low dome, and the chambers forming the arms of the cross terminate in tile-encrusted, colonnaded verandahs and balconies. The spaces between them complete the square, and provide self-contained suites of rooms."

—Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p611.


On the grounds of the Topkapi Museum, Sultanhammed.