Almshouse

Almshouse

Hagia Sophia Almshouse was a charity built by Sultan Mahmud I (1730-1754) in 1743 at the northeast of Hagia Sophia for distributing food to poor and orphan people. There are repair epigraphs over the doors of almshouse regarding to repairs carried out in different dates. The big ceremony door of the almshouse at the Bab-ı Humayun direction is one of the best examples of baroque style in İstanbul. There is an epigraph dated 1155 on this door written by Calligrapher Beşir.
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