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Ottoman monuments in the region of Votanikos

Two samples of the Ottoman architecture in Athens are still preserved in the region of Votanikos, where the estate of the former Ottoman Athens voivode, the infamous Hadji Ali Haseki, the ruler of Athens between the years 1774 and 1796, used to be located. Just a part of the so-called “Haseki Konak”, the official residence of the voivode, incorporated in the basement of the “Kriba” building (dated to the era of King Otto), can still be seen today. It is a domed stone room, 13,5m in length and 5m in width, situated almost 1m under the street level (Iera Odos).

The Konak was built in a fortification form, containing some architectural elements particularly characteristic for the 18th century, such as the wooden framing in the stonework, the reused ancient stones and the special type of plaster.

In the mid 19th century, the building was ruined to a great degree. Later attempts of restoration are still visible, such as new brickwork and new doors and windows.

The Konak and the surrounding buildings have been recently restored and house the Laboratory of Floriculture and Garden Architecture of the Agricultural University of Athens.

Just a few meters from the Haseki Konak is situated the “Haseki Fountain”, the only preserved fountain in Athens dated to the Ottoman time; the fountain was constructed in the 18th century in the form of a quadrilateral building. The tap is set on the bottom side of a large rectangular plate, and on the top side traces of a destroyed inscription can still be seen. On the foot of the fountain, there is a rectangular basin with dike in its brim for the water outflow. The water of the fountain come from the aqueduct, which had been constructed by Haseki for bringing water from the region of Kifissia, and was in use, after many restorations, till the 19th century.

Author: Vassilis Papadopoulos
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