Ottoman Empire, Birds Were Given Palace

The Ottoman or Ottoman Empire was the largest and longest Islamic kingdom in the history of the world. Established in 1299, the kingdom lasted for 600 years. In 1453, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine empire and transformed it into Istanbul. To this day, the impact of the Islamic government can still be seen on the remains of historic buildings with magnificent architecture.

What is interesting is the existence of a bird palace as an additional building located on the outer walls of various Turkish city structures. The bird palace located in various places such as mosques, inns, libraries, schools and fountains is a mini palace ranging from the first floor to the three storey buildings with elaborate and beautiful architecture.

Each is designed with similar designs as large government buildings that simultaneously provide shelter for sparrows and pigeons while preventing bird dung from damaging the surrounding building walls.

In addition to being a bird shelter, the bird castle also has religious views. They thought that by making a magnificent mini-palace, the birds would respond with good deeds as well. All of this has driven the Turkish people to love animals.

Some titles for the mini palace have been given over the years such as "kuş köşkü" (bird pavilion), güvercinlik (dove nest) and "serce saray" (bird church palace). At present, only a few of the remaining bird castles remain. The oldest was built in the 16th century near the Büyükçekmece bridge in Istanbul. To this day it is still well maintained.

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