The monumental entrance of the Artillery Corps Barracks

Guillaume Berggrenlate-19th century

İstanbul Research Institute

İstanbul Research Institute
İstanbul, Türkiye

The two-storey entry section of the barracks which is borne up from the western facade horizontally as well as vertically, is surrounded on the sides with towers each in the shape of octagonal prisms. The portico in front of the entry on the ground floor is comprised of seven arches of various types having various widths. An Ottoman coat-of-arms is featured over the top-floor inscription plate on the centerline of the facade. It is assumed that a monogram was also positioned on the spike which is found on the triangular pediment above the overhanging eaves on the same centerline.
Architectural elements seen on the facade such as the Bursa arch, an arch with a pointy horseshoe, stalactite capital and ledge, a geometric grid balustrade, a threaded parapet wall, as well as onion-shaped mini-domes positioned atop the towers were references of various schools of Islamic architecture (Seljuq, Classic Ottoman, Indian-Babur, Andalucia). Structures with similar features of this facade synonymous with the Orientalist-style imported from the West in reign of Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-76) constructed during the same era are seen on the Aksaray Valide Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Kasımpaşa Naval Headquarters, Beyazıt General Staff Headquarters, Cağaloğlu Keçecizade Fuad Pasha Tomb.


  • Title: The monumental entrance of the Artillery Corps Barracks
  • Creator: Guillaume Berggren
  • Date Created: late-19th century
  • Rights: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Photography Collection

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