As one of the oldest of its kind in Istanbul, the Beyazıt State Library sits on a vibrant city square close to to Beyazıt Mosque built by Sultan Beyazıt II and completed in 1506. The building was originally used as a soup kitchen and caravanserai-a roadside inn-of a larger complex that included a primary school, a hospital, a madrasa or religious school and a hammam (or public bath). The library was founded in 1884 and occupied a part of the the Kulliyah of the Beyazıt Mosque- the oldest surviving imperial mosque in the city- built by Sultan Beyazıt II and completed in 1506.
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The restoration involved a reorganization of the interior and restoration of the buildingenvelope. The architects also added a small extension, installed a transparent, inflatable membrane that covers the courtyard. Valuable manuscripts were placed in black glass boxes that contrast the rest of the interior. The second floor houses a collection of Turkish publications: periodicals are on the first floor, while rare books and publications from the Ottoman era are exhibited on the ground floor.
+ Tabanlioglu Architects
Photos by Emre Dörter