Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Tiled Pavilion

The tiled Pavilion (Cinili Kösk), now serving as a museum where outstanding samples of Turkish tiles and ceramics are exhibited, was built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1472 .
In spite of the changes it has undergone during its history, the building with its porticoed entrance, eyvans and tiles is the only secular building belonging to the Ottoman civilian architecture in Istanbul in Seljukian style.
The harmony of the turquoise, white, purple and dark blue tiles made in the mosaic technique are indicators of a well-developed sense of decoration.
The inscription cicrumscribing the door below the eyvan decorated with mosaic tiles gives the completion date of the construction and lauds its beauty as well.
The present portico consisting of 14 marble columns was constructed during the reign of Abdulhamid I (1774-1789) after the (oroginal) wooden portico burned down in 1737. In 1875 when it was decided to use as a museum some changes were made in the interior and it was opened in 1880 as Imerial Museum. Within the halls and rooms of the Tiled Pavilion Museum are exhibited the matchless samples of Great Seljukian, Anatolian Seljukian and Ottoman tiles and ceramics dated between the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

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