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4. Abraham’s Pool, Urfa
Urfa is on the south-east of Turkey. Traditionally, it is believed that Abraham was thrown into fire by the King Nemrud in this region. As a miracle, fire, with the mercy of God, did not burn him. This part of the story is mentioned in the Qur’an (Qur'an 21:51-70) without mentioning the name of the place. People in the area believe that the fire he was thrown into turned into a lake and the woods in the fire turned into fish. The region is also important because of another center 40 miles away from it, Harran. Harran is believed to be the place where Prophet Abraham came and settled with his father and brothers (Genesis 11:27-32). He also got married there. In addition, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob married to daughters of their relatives in Harran. In addition Muslims in the area believe that Abraham was born somewhere close to the lake. A cave, very close to the lake, is believed to be his birth place. A mosque, Mosque of God’s friend, was built for Abraham close to the lake. (God’s Friend is one of the attributes of Abraham)
5. Ottoman Fountain
Little fountains built with the charities to provide free drink to passersby can be either a single architectural structure or they can be put in buildings close to mosques. They symbolize charity and giving back to the society. Their architectural designs have changed over the centuries. They were usually built in circles, semi-circles and polygons. They were covered with domes whose bottoms were curved outwards. The German Fountain in Sultan Ahmed Square, which was built to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898. It was built in Germany, then transported piece by piece and assembled in its current site in 1900.
In Interfaith Peace garden, instead of taking one sebil as the sample, the architectural structure of the era will be taken into.
6. Alhambra Palace Poles, Spain
Alhambra was established in Granada city in Spain by Muslim in the midst of 14th century. Hamra means “red” and the complete name of the complex is “Red Castle”. There are palaces, mosque, and gardens in Alhambra. Muslims came to Spain in 711 and continued their existence in Europe until 1503. In the last emirate Granada, Jewish people, Christians and people from other faiths lived in harmony and peace. Some parts of the complex used by catholic administrators after Reconquista. Alhambra was neglected for years and started to diminish. In 19th century it was rediscovered by scientist and rovers; and then it was restored. Today Alhambra is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Spain and the most famous Islamic architectural building of the country. It has been the inspiration of several songs and stories; and also it was added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The poles used in Interfaith Peace Garden are similar to those used inside the Palace.
Alhambra Palace, Spain
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