The Haci Mustafa fountain 

"Plan de Corinthe", Jean-Pierre-Eugène-Félicien Peytier (from the Depot de la Guerre, 4.10 C 65.1.0057) in The French Expedition to the Morea (Work of the French Scientific Expedition to the Morea 1829-1), Melissa Publishing House, Athens 2012.The Haci Mustafa fountain as surveyed in Peytier’s map (1829).

Ancient Corinth Anaploga fountain

The Haci Mustafa fountain stands at the edge of the northern Acrocorinth slopes, below the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, at an elevation ca. 120 meters above sea level, close at the old path leading up to the hill. The general form of the masonry structure shows the characteristic features, which are applied to a common type of Turkish çeşme, an architectural type often met in the area of Peloponnese. 
Its collective tank, built against the hill, is covered by a lowered barrel vault, which is though hardly evident by the side facades. A small opening is found at the western flank. 

The four-sided fountain presents a 4,75 meter long impressive façade of limestone, built with large porous stones of equal dimensions, and spolia (marble architectural elements in secondary use) have been incorporated in the structure. A low pointed arched contour, which consists of two successive rows of voussoirs, crowns the façade (part of it has been damaged at the top), reaching a height of 3,85 meter. The protruding wings of limestone on which the arch rests, repose on two marble consoles (window pillars) set at both sides, from the early Christian period, which are decorated with a Christogram inscribed in circles in their inner side. The base of the fountain is formed by reused marble mullions, where most possibly people collecting water could sit. 

Water is channeled into a large basin (kurna) of marble spoils placed under the fountain’s base. A central spout was set over the basin, while two holes have been opened sideways, one functioning till today. A long block of well-cut fish scale pattern stone was placed at the entire width of the recess above the basin that is surmounted by the donor’s inscription. The 0,95x0,60 m slab, set in the tympanum of the 0,84 meter deep recess, gives the name of the fountain’s benefactor and the date of its construction. According to the transcription of the Arabic text, the fountain owns its presence to Joseph the Tailor, who had ordered its construction in 1515 A.D. The Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi visited the city of Ancient Corinth in A.D. in 1669 and had recorded the fountain with its inscription.

" Joseph the tailor ordered the construction of this [fountain] for flowing water entirely at his own expense, for the love of God, let Him be exalted, and desiring to please the Merciful Lord, in the nine hundred and twenty-first year [of the Hegira (1515 A.D.)]."
The fountain has taken the name of Haci Mustafa neighborhood, to which is belongs and is therefore known today under the same homonymous name.


Chrysafi-Zografou Metaxoula, “Τουρκικά κτίσματα στην Κόρινθο. Κρήνες και θρησκευτικά κτήρια”, ΥΠ.ΠΕ. Τεχνική Περιοδική ΈκδοσηΑναστήλωση-Συντήρηση-Προστασία Μνημείων και Συνόλων, τ. Α΄, Athens 1984, p. 261-278. 

Εβλιά Τσελεμπί, Οδοιπορικό στην Ελλάδα (1668-1671), Πελοπόννησος-Νησιά Ιονίου-Κρήτη-Νησιά Αιγαίου, Loupis Dimitris (μεταφρ., σημειώσεις), εκδ. Εκάτη, Athens, p. 32-33.

Koumousi-Vgenopoulou Anastasia, Μεσαιωνική βρύση στην Αρχαία Κόρινθο, ΑντίφωνοAthens 1994, p.p. 196-202,  730-733. 

Koumousi Anastasia, “Haci Mustafa Fountain”, in Ottoman Architecture in GreeceBrouskari Er. (ed.), Athens 2008, p. 138.

Landon Mark E., “Beyond Peirene: Toward a Broader View of Corinthian Water Supply”, in Corinth, The Centenary: 1896-1996, v. 20 (2003), published by The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, pp. 43-62.

MacKay Pierre, “The Fountain at Hadji Mustapha, in Hesperia XXXVI, vol. 36, issue 2, 1967, pp. 193-195.

Robinson Betsey A., "Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia", in Ancient Art and Architecture in Context 2. 

Eleni I. Kanetaki

The Haci Mustafa fountain as surveyed in Google earth.

The Haci Mustafa fountain and its inscription, from Machiel Kiel’s digital archive

Morea-Corinth, Lower town, Yusuf Hiyat Cesme, XXIV-c12171-1972  from Machiel Kiel’s digital archiveThe Haci Mustafa fountain: its façade, groundfloor plan and vertical section.
Χρυσάφη-Ζωγράφου Μεταξούλα, “Τουρκικά κτίσματα στην Κόρινθο. Κρήνες και θρησκευτικά κτήρια”, ΥΠΠΕ Τεχνική Περιοδική Έκδοση Αναστήλωση-Συντήρηση-Προστασία Μνημείων και Συνόλων, τ. Α΄, Αθήνα 1984, 261-278.
The surviving inscription of Haci Mustafa fountain.                        Haci Mustafa fountain’s inscription in Arabic script. Haci Aga ordered this for flowing water, for the love of God, on a date in the middle of Rabi' II, in the nine hundred and forty sixth year [of the Hegira (A.D. ]" after MacKay P., in “The Fountain at Hadji Mustapha", Hesperia XXXVI, 1967, 193-195.Decorative elements found at the marbles used for the fountain's construction.The location of springs and fountains of Ancient Corinth, as depicted in: 
Robinson Betsey A., “Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia”, in Ancient Art and Architecture in Context 2, 2011.
Topographical map of Corinth, with a selection of Geometric and Archaic/Classical graves marked with a cross. Scale 1:333. by J. Herbst. The location of Haci Mustafa fountain is evidenced.
From Guy dr. Sanders et al, “The Panayia Field Excavations at Corinth. The Neolithic to Hellenistic Phases”, in Ηesperia 83 (2014),  1–79. 
Map of Ancient Corinth, where the Murat Ağa and the Tekke fountains are indicated, as well as the remains of Kiamil Bey’s palace.  
Σκιάς Α., Χάρτης Παλαιάς Κορίνθου, Πίνακας Ε’, Πρακτικά της εν Αθήναις Αρχαιολογικής  Εταιρείας, Αθήναι 1906.
 Map of Corinthian springs. The map of Corinthian springs presents a more complete survey of the water sources (than the previous maps, i.e. the one by Dinsmoor, 1964), as the entire city area is included. Some of the sources noted on the map are not visible anymore, but have well been documented in the existing records of the Corinth Excavations archives, both published and unpublished, while others have been presented after Landon’s personal in situ work.
Landon Mark E., «Beyond Peirene: Toward a Broader View of Corinthian Water Supply», in Corinth, The Centenary: 1896-1996 vol. 20 (2003), The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 43-62.

The Haci Mustafa fountain. The old path leading to the Acrocorinth castle was traced behind the water reservoir
The Haci Mustafa fountain stands at the edge of the northern Acrocorinth slopes.

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