Şah-ı Huban Sultan Madrasah

Şah-ı Huban Sultan Madrasah

Şah-ı Huban Sultan Madrasah

At the busy and central Vatan Street in the Fatih district of Istanbul, when you enter Oğuzhan Street, which is located between Aksaray and the Emniyet-Fatih metro stops, you are greeted by a structure surrounded by walls between residences. This place houses the Şah-ı Huban Madrasah along with a shrine. Madrasahs were public buildings that provided education for young people in the Ottoman Empire and could be considered equivalent to modern higher education.

The madrasah, built by the Ottoman Sultan Selim in the name of his daughter Şah-ı Huban, who died at the end of the 16th century, is one of the many works of the famous chief architect of the Palace, Architect Sinan, in the city. Two sections covered with domes attract attention. These were the classrooms of the madrasah. The other parts are the chambers (cells) in which the students stayed, have not survived to the present day. The portico of the building, its wooden roof, and its columns in a kind of modern pieces after restoration stand out. Its columns are good copies, although they do not belong to the original madrasah.

The tomb of Şah-ı Huban near the historical value, which today functions as a public structure, can also be visited.

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