The Sultans Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam by Agnieszka DobrowolskaThe Sultans Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam by Agnieszka Dobrowolska

The Sultans Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam

byAgnieszka Dobrowolska, Jaroslaw Dobrowolski

Paperback | April 10, 2012

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The small sabil-kuttab (a charitable foundation particular to Cairo that combines a public water dispensary with a Quranic school) built in 1760 opposite the venerated Sayida Zeinab Mosque is almost unique in Cairo: it is one of only two dedicated by a reigning Ottoman sultan, and -astonishingly - it is decorated inside with blue-and-white tiles from Amsterdam depicting happy scenes from the Dutch countryside. Why did the sultan, Mustafa III, cloistered in his Istanbul palace, decide to build a sabil in Cairo? Why did he choose this site for it? How did it come to be adorned with Dutch tiles? What were the connections between Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam in the middle of the eighteenth century? Theauthors answer these questions and many more in this entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an extraordinary building, describing also the recent conservation efforts to preserve it for posterity.
Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect and the author of Muhammad 'Ali Pasha and His Sabil (with Khaled Fahmy, AUC Press, 2004) and The Building Crafts of Cairo (AUC Press, 2005). Jaroslaw Dobrowolski is an architect and the author of The Living Stones of Cairo (AUC Press, 2001). A husband-and-wife team, they also authored ...
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Title:The Sultans Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and AmsterdamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774165233

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