An excessive amount of public enterprise is often transacted at Kyat-Khana; after which the glowing Barbyses is alive with the gilded barges of the Pashas and Beys, capturing over the ripple like meteors; the grandee himself being fastidiously shielded from the solar by a pink umbrella, held over him as he reclines on his cushions on the backside of the boat, quietly smoking his chibouque, by an attendant, who’s squatted on the raised stern of the arrow-like bark, instantly behind trace.
The valley of Kyat-Khana is a really favorite resort of the current Sultan, who has expended appreciable sums in beautifying the palace, and in ornamenting the fountains and kiosques which appertain to it; however solely a short while because it was completely deserted for 2 years, owing to the dying of a favorite Odalique, who expired all of the sudden, within the very zenith of her youth and wonder, throughout a go to which she made right here along with her Imperial grasp; whose grief at her loss was so intense, that he couldn’t hear to inhabit the valley till time had blunted his remorse. A good-looking head-stone, erected to her reminiscence, lettered with gold, and overshadowed by a weeping willow, stands upon a sq. platform, beneath the home windows of the saloon occupied by the Sultan ; and the breeze, because it sweeps by the flexile branches of the tree, nearly carries them into the condo. Sultan Mahmoud, who’s esteemed a really respectable poet for an Emperor, is alleged, throughout his season of despair, to have written a pathetic ballad in her honour; however, be that as it might, it’s sure that she has been lengthy forgotten among the many bevy of beauties who now tread the gilded chambers of the palace of Kyat-Khana.
Eyoub, superbly located on the jap extremity of the partitions of Constantinople, and stretching all the way down to the very lip of the harboim, is the “ holy of holies” of the Turks. Its magnificent mosque and its picturesque cemetery are equally historic ; whereas its place, overlooking the entire extent of the Golden Horn, and commanding a noble view far up the Bosphorus, is probably unrivalled. Easily-rounded hills, feathered with timber various in character, however all wealthy in magnificence, kind a back-ground eminently scenic ; the lofty maple and the leafy plane-tree, the fan-like acacia and the inflexible cypress, flourish facet by facet, and overshadow a wilderness of graves ; whereas the suburb itself, unusually well-built and common, circles a portion of the harbour with stately and nice dwellings.
The mosque, constructed of the purest white marble, with a court docket gloriously shaded by gigantic timber, and paved with the identical materials of which the edifice consists, is probably the most sacred of all of the Constantinopolitan temples ; for on this spot custom says that Abu Eyoub, the companion-in-arms of the Prophet, was slain, in the course of the siege of the Saracens in GGS, a truth which was revealed in a imaginative and prescient to Mahfhnet II. about 800 years afterwards; who, in commemoration of the occasion, laid the muse of the current mosque, which is likely one of the most elegant within the capital; and is rendered nonetheless extra holy within the eyes of the Turks, from the circumstance that it’s inside these partitions that each Sultan, on his accession, is invested with the sword of sovereignty. No infidel foot is permitted, underneath no matter pretence, to desecrate the mosque of Eyouh; and Christians are not often, and all the time reluctantly, admitted even to the court docket.