Fountain Culture and the Role of Historical Fountains in Turkey: Vitalizing the City of Bursa

Topçuoğlu F. , Pehlivan E.

CEMEPE/SECOTOX Conference 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, 25 - 30 June 2017

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Thessaloniki
  • Country: Greece


Fountain is a piece of architecture as well as an urban element which is a facilitating source of drinkable water. The richest place to notice these architectural pieces is the city of Bursa in Turkey, which is well known for its drinkable water resources. Besides its green landscape, fountains in every corner of the city are always mentioned by travelers from past to present . The texture and the historical nature of the city are not only observed through buildings but also via the functional landscape units. Fountains were used for decoration and to celebrate their builders in many places and Bursa is a leading city that contains Seljuk and Ottoman water architecture and that is characterized by fountain culture. This study provides an understanding of the importance of these water sources in Turkey by examining fountain types, texture and variety within social, historical and cultural aspects.