In this article, we are going to explore Shadirvan in depth and analyze its impact on different aspects of daily life. From its origin to its relevance today, Shadirvan has been the subject of interest and research in various fields. Over the years, it has generated debate and controversy, challenging our perceptions and allowing us to reflect on its meaning in the modern world. Through detailed analysis, we aim to shed light on Shadirvan and offer a comprehensive view that invites reflection and debate.

A şadırvan for ritual ablutions in front of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Shadırvan in Po-i-Kalyan, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

A shadirvan (Persian: شادروان, Turkish: şadırvan, Arabic: شاذروان) is a type of fountain that is usually built in the courtyard or near the entrance of mosques, caravanserais, khanqahs, and madrasas, with the main purpose of providing water for drinking or ritual ablutions to several people at the same time, but also as decorative visual or sound elements.[citation needed]

Shadirvans are Persian in origin and, with a curtain or drape, were originally placed in the tents of rulers or on the balconies of palaces. They are a typical element of Ottoman architecture.: 459 

See also


  1. ^ Rabbat, Nasser (1960–2007). Bearman, P.; Bianquis, Th.; Bosworth, C.E.; van Donzel, E.; Heinrichs, W.P. (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill. ISBN 9789004161214.
  2. ^ Sumner-Boyd, Hilary; Freely, John (2010). Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City (Revised ed.). Tauris Parke Paperbacks.
  3. ^ Goodwin, Godfrey (1971). A History of Ottoman Architecture. New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500274290.

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