Baghdad Kiosk

The Baghdad Kiosk (Bağdad Köşkü) is situated on the right section of the Marble Terrace. It was built in 1639 to commemorate the Baghdad campaign of Sultan Murat IV (1623 – 1640), probably by Head Architect Koca Kasım.
The Koran verses inscribed on the cincture wrapping the building all around were written in white Celî Sülüs (a style of Arabic script with large letters used in writing inscriptions) characters on a blue background by Tophaneli Enderûnî Mahmut Çelebi, a famous palace calligrapher of the era. The couplet in Persian language inscribed above the gate to the pavilion includes the Kelime-i Tevhid (The Word of Unity: Islamic declaration of faith in the oneness of God). The books endowed by Sultan Abdülhamit I (1774-1789) and Sultan Selim I (1780-1807) were placed in the pavilion’s cabinets equipped with mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory inlaid wooden doors. The books of the Library of the Baghdad Pavilion have been integrated as well in the Collection of the Palace Museum Library, following the conversion of the palace into a museum. The small room behind the mansion was used as coffee kitchen.