Kaiser Wilhelm’s fountain is a one spot of former Byzantine hippodrome area that is more or less westernized, European style. Fountain appeared in 1901 as a present from Prussian emperor Wilhelm for common German – Turkish friendship, more political one, but not public.
When I saw this fountain I remembered the fact that so many Turkish live and work in Germany and so many Germans visit Turkish seaside resorts as tourists ;)
Welcoming hundreds of visitors every day like a gracious host is the Fountain of Kaiser Wilhelm II an elegant and noble representative of a different time and style in the Hippodrome. Presented in honor of the second visit by the German emperor and Prussian king, it was built as a gift by the German government. Inaugurated in 1901, the European architecture of the German fountain is covered by an Ottoman-style vaulted roof. The inner dome of the covering is in mosaic with four replica depictions of the monographic emblem of Sultan Abdulhamid II and four copies of the emblem of Kaiser Wilhelm.
Located in the area of the Hippodrome, the German Fountain was built in 1898 when Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Istanbul and donated a fountain which was put up in front of the Blue Mosque as a gift to the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit. There are NO plaques or explanations on the spot, so if you arrive there without a guide you may have little idea of what you are looking at. The two photos show both sides of the structure.
Alman Çesmesi or german fountain may be the first sight that will draw you in the approach of the Blue Mosque beacause of it's very attractive neo-Byzantine design plus the hundreds of pigeons and doves flying around the fountain.
Built in Germany and was transported and assembled in Turkey in 1900, in honor of the 2nd anniversary Istanbul visit of German Emperor Wilhelm II.
The fountain form a part of the whole Hippodrome area that also includes the Egyptian Obelisk and the Walled Obelisk.
The octagonal, domed fountain at the entrance to the Hippodrome was a present from the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdulhamid II and the city of Istanbul. It was built in Germany and installed in Istanbul in 1898. Built in a neo-Byzantine style, the fountain is decorated with gold mosaics inside. It is a beautiful fountain, but does not blend well with the ancient monuments in the vicinity.Its just a color in the Hippodrome area.
It was transported in its present site in 1900.
Emperor Wilhelm of Germany donated this fountain in memory of his visit to Istanbul in autumn 1898, when he was on an official visit to the Emperor of the Ottoman Hamid II.