Incredible Ottoman-Era Bird Palaces

Back in the times of the Ottoman Empire, people would build elaborate miniature palaces for the birds. Found in the territory of today’s Turkey, the birdhouses were affixed to the outer walls of significant city structures, such as mosques, inns, bridges, libraries, schools and fountains.

Up until today, nearly every city in Turkey had some examples of this kind of fascinating bird architecture. The oldest one is a 16th-century bird palace that is attached the Büyükçekmece Bridge in Istanbul.

The Kanuni Sultan Suleiman bridge, also known as Büyükçekmece Bridge, Image courtesy, Tonilupe

Not only did they provide shelter, these structures also fulfilled a religious purpose – they were believed to grant good deeds to those who built them.

Long form article:

A History of Ottoman Architecture

Goodwin, Godfrey

Published by Thames & Hudson (2003)

ISBN 10: 0500274290 ISBN 13: 9780500274293

Ottoman Architecture

Kuban, Dogan

Published by Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd (2010)

ISBN 10: 1851496041 ISBN 13: 9781851496044

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