Hagia Sophia Shadirvan

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The Hagia Sophia Shadirvan (Turkish: şadırvan, Persian: شادروان‎, Arabic: شاذروان‎) is a water fountain in the western corner of the outer plaza of Hagia Sophia, used for ablution and general water supply before the installation of the running water system.

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circa 532 CE

It was built in 1740 CE by Sultan Mahmut I over the site of a Byzantine Patriarchate, the fountain with its eight marble columns in the courtyard reflects the Ottoman classical art.

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