Chinli Kiosk
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Location Istanbul, Turkey   map
Date 1473   timeline
Building Type pavilion in palace complex
 Construction System bearing masonry, glazed facience
Climate warm temperate
Context urban palace
Style Ottoman Islamic
Notes "Tiled Pavilion", arcaded entrance, central dome. in the Topkapi Palace.


Photo, main facade with collonaded porch


Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Discussion Chinli Kiosk Commentary

"The ‚inili Kiosk, or Tiled Pavilion, in the Topkapi Palace, at Istanbul, is decorated with glazed faience. Built as early as 1473, and possibly designed by a Persian architect, it exerted a powerful influence upon succeeding Ottoman architecture. Square in plan, it is preceded by an arcaded entrance portico. The interior is roofed with an elaborate arrangement of ribbed vaults and a lofty central dome."

—John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p140.

"The unusual Chinili Kiosk in Istanbul has a plan much influenced by Persian pavilions. The crucifom central space is surmounted by a low dome, and the chambers forming the arms of the cross terminate in tile-encrusted, colonnaded verandahs and balconies. The spaces between them complete the square, and provide self-contained suites of rooms."

—Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p611.


On the grounds of the Topkapi Museum, Sultanhammed.

Sources on Chinli Kiosk

Sibel Bozdogan, Suha Ozkan, and Engin Yenal. Sedad Eldem: Architecture in Turkey. Singapore: Concept Media, 1987. ISBN 0-89381-292-7. NA1373.E425 B69 1987. elevation drawing, p167.

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD .0218.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion p611.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

John D. Hoag. Islamic Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977. ISBN 0-8109-1010-1. LC 76-41805. NA380.H58. plan drawing, fig427, p324. Goodwin, 1971. [DP]

Wolfgang MŸller-Wiener. Bildlexikon Zur Topographie Istanbuls, Byzanton, Konstantinupolis, Istanbul bis zum Beginn des 17.Jahrhunderts. Wasmuth: TŸbingen, 1977. exterior photo of facade, abb 602, p498.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. New York: Random House, 1975. ISBN 0-394-49887-9. NA200.G76. discussion, facade photo, p140. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre L'Architecture Universelle. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (suisse), 1977. site plan drawing, p386.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Chinli Kiosk


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