German Fountain

The German Fountain is a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdulhamid II, who had come to Istanbul 3 times for commercial purposes. After the Baghdad Railway agreement had been done between the Ottomans and Germany, Emperor Wilhelm had prepared the fountain in Germany, shipped it to Istanbul piece by piece, and inaugurated it in 1901.

The Fountain style is Neo-Byzantine, and its dome evokes Renaissance architectural features; that is why it is identified as German Neo-Renaissance and its decoration items were designed using typical Byzantine elements, so the wave did not spread around the city. Karakoy Palace, Macka Palace, and Fener Greek High School are the other civilian samples of the Neo-Byzantine style in Istanbul.