Cupidity of the Ottoman courtroom

This outlay awoke the cupidity of the Ottoman courtroom, which was at that interval far more venal than it’s at current, and his ostentation alarmed its vainness; he was accused of usury, or treason, or each—for the character of his crime was by no means very clearly outlined—Iris property was confiscated, and he was hanged upon liis personal threshold, from a staple pushed into the wood-work of the gate opening upon the seaward terrace. The mansion at Yenikeui was subsequently offered by the Sultan to Nicholas Aristarclii, the current Logotheti, by whom it’s inhabited through the summer season.

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Yenikeui can be exceptional as being one of many three hamlets wherein the Greek “ Competition of Fireplace,” instituted in commemoration of the second seize of Constantinople by the Ciesars, remains to be permitted to he held. This singular ceremony was previously frequent in all of the Greek villages, and even in that quarter of the capital itself wherein that nation reside; hut the privilege of promiscuous illumination has been withdrawn, owing to the nice threat of conflagration to which it subjected the town; and the competition is now held solely at Yenikeui, Therapia, and Buyukderc.

Synthetic islands

Synthetic islands, shaped of hurdles, and heaped with inflammable matter, are shaped within the bay—caiques, saturated with bitumen, are moored off the shore—and contours of bonfires are raised alongside the coast, linking the three hamlets * Archi-Chancellor of the Patriarchate, and Ilcad of the Greek Synod in 183(1. collectively—all of which arc concurrently ignited at a given sign, ana the impact is very grand and spectacular. The dim define of the Asian hills is all of the sudden revealed, as by the contact of an enchanter’s wand, and appears to be traced in gold ; the ripple of the channel dances alongside like sparks of fireside; whereas round, and on each facet, arc to be seen teams of individuals of their holiday-dresses, seated upon mats and carpets, having fun with the extraordinary spectacle.

Characteristic of the leisure

However, maybe, essentially the most novel function of the leisure is offered by a crowd of males, partially clad in white cotton, their shaven heads naked, and their arms tossing wildly within the air; who, with shrieks and yells, which arc sullenly thrown again by the rocky heights above them, at one time feed the fires that arc floating within the bay, above their waists in water; and at others, becoming a member of arms, dance in a implausible circle spherical their flaming islands. In the meantime, servants are flitting right here and there, holding paper lanterns, and guiding the completely different events of revellers to the homes of their respective associates; whereas the channel is alive with caiques, every with a light-weight at its prow, and freighted with mirth and music.

These wild sports activities proceed for hours, till the gas and the energies of the assistants are alike exhausted, when the fires step by step die away; although the pale mild of morning not unfrcqucntly breaks above many a homeward-bound caique, ere it’s safely moored beside the terrace of its proprietor.

 

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The Harem is a Sealed Guide

“ The harem is, after all, a sealed ebook; for, as the women of the Sultan’s family have by no means been allowed to indulge their curiosity by a survey of that portion of the palace appropriated to Mahmoud himself, it might scarcely be anticipated that any intruder must be admitted past the jealously-barred door forming their very own boundary.”

The Tub of this imperial residence has already been described in an earlier portion of our work; and we’ve now solely to note the in depth and princely gardens, which rise, terrace above terrace, to the very summit of the mountain which overhangs the palace. Every terrace is below the cost of a overseas gardener, and organized in accordance with the style of his personal land ; however the most interesting portion of the grounds comprises a noble sheet of water, referred to as the Lake of the Swans, whose total floor is regularly thickly coated with these swish birds, of which the Sultan is so fond, that he generally passes hours in considering them as they glide over the nonetheless water; and, within the phrases of Wordsworth,

“ Swim double—swan and shadow.”

Boats, gaily gilded and painted, are moored below the shadows of the magnolias, willows, and different stunning timber which kind the framework of the lake; and about fifty three’ards from the hank stands a reasonably, fanciful edifice, referred to as the Air Tub,—a chic retreat entrance the oppressive heats of summer season; whose roof, and partitions, and flooring, are alike fashioned of marble, wrought in marine derices; and whose fountains, trickling down the partitions, pour their waters over a succession of ocean-shells, marine divinities, sea-weeds, and coral reefs; and sustain a relentless present of cool air, and murmur of candy sound, completely charming. Inferior flats department off on both facet from this stunning saloon, and altogether it’s as fairly a toy as ever exhausted fancy in its invention.

The group of cypresses

A gilded kiosque glitters amid the group of cypresses and plane-trees by which the final peak is topped; and the artist has ably portrayed the magic great thing about the scene which is mapped out beneath him as he stands beside the boundary- wall of the palace backyard. The undulating shores, belted with homes, and sheltered by richly-wooded hills,—the castle-crowned rocks,—the gleaming sails of the passing vessels upon the channel,—and, far a wav, the “ stonn-tossed Euxine,” lashing its billows as if in scorn in opposition to the fortress-barriers that bristle its shores—all mix to kind an image effectively calculated to arrest the attention of the painter and the admiration of the vacationer.

 

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Frank customer

Secure a Frank customer

The nervousness of the distributors to safe a Frank buyer is kind of ludicrous. He’s beckoned from one to the opposite with a gesticulation and earnestness towards which it’s virtually unimaginable to contend; a rating of articles is exhibited in succession, with a rapidity which prevents their being completely examined; and the plain darkish metal of Khorassan offers place to the heavy and elaborate Albanian pistol, and that in its flip to the Koran-inscribed Damascus sabre, earlier than the standard of both could be ascertained. Then, instantly, as if he doubted the style of Ills buyer for warlike weapons, the seller thrusts all of them apart, and spreads earlier than him a tempting show of delicate amber mouth-pieces for the chibouque; under-coats from the pricey looms of Persia ; hangings of Tyrian tapestry; and all his hoard of fanciful and costly luxuries. Others, too impatient to await their likelihood of wiling the wealtny infidel from the stalls of their neighbours, make use of considered one of their slaves to perambulate the bazar, and to cross and repass earlier than the Frank, carrying some particularly engaging object — resembling a jewel-hilted pistol, or a buff coat embroidered with gold with a ability and intricacy which can’t fail to draw his eye.

Fascinating commerce

All nations alike commerce on this fascinating commerce ; the Armenian spreads Iris carpet beside that of the Turk ; and the sallow Jew elbows the keen-eyed and crafty Greek ; right here and there a Persian could also be seen sitting restlessly within the midst of his wares, his versatile and cell options partially overshadowed by his massive white turban ; whereas throngs of idlers block up the doorway of the avenue, shoving, laughing, and vociferating, and waking a perpetual thunder amid the echoes of the lengthy constructing.

The Shoe bazar presents a most homosexual and novel look, from the circumstance of its being customary—and, certainly, a legislation—in Constantinople for every nation to be shod with its personal explicit color. Thus the Turk wears a boot and slipper of shiny yellow morocco, the Armenian crimson, the Jew purple, and the Greek black ; and this truth, coupled with the utter disregard of the Orientals to each factor like a Jit, which permits the seller to fabricate massive portions with the knowledge of a speedy sale, makes the road of the shoe-makers like a mattress of tulips. However essentially the most, stunning function of their commerce is the velvet, gold-embroidered, jewel-sprinkled slipper of the harem, worn by the honest Turks on all events of festivity, and, certainly, by the upper courses on all events inside their dwellings; an article of expenditure so severe in an amazing Osinauli familv, as to have recommended the applying of the time period bishmalik, or slipper- cash, (to which I’ve already had event to allude,) to the grant of a substantial annual earnings to the women of the imperial household.

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Aqueduct

Sketch guide the Aqueduct

The artist seized a cheerful second during which to switch to his sketch-book the Aqueduct of I’yrgo. The sunshine rested lovingly on the outdated gray stones of the stupendous pile at one extremity, whereas the cool shadows of the mountain, with its flowery mantle of cistus, caper crops, and wild vines, had been flung in comfortable distinction over the opposite. A celebration of travellers, with their serudjhes,* sumpter mules, and araba drawn by buffaloes, had been about to halt for his or her mid-day meal; and the sounds of human life and human laughter joyously awoke the echoes of the arch-spanncd valley.

Nature and artwork, the current and the previous, had been earlier than him; and the consequence has been not solely a trustworthy, however a strikingly attribute sketch.

THE MAUSOLEUM OF SOLYMAN “ THE MAGNIFICENT.”

“ A dome with convoluted roof, whose fold Projected o’er a irate of polished stone ;

A hoarv tree, in stateliness grown outdated,

The germ of by-past ages, now unknown;

A wild \ine wreathing spherical tlie regal gold And azure of the tinted pane; a tone Of unhappiness sighing by way of the lofty gloom Of a tall cypress.”

Courtroom of Solimanie

A BEAUTIFUL lined manner, main from the outer courtroom of Solimanie, and richly trellised with these luxuriant and leafy parasites so frequent within the East, results in the sumptuous tomb of Solyman; a light-weight and chic sexangular constructing of white marble, overshadowed by a type of monumental plane-trees which defy all calculation of their age, and appear every a mimic forest in themselves. Clusters of the uncommon and exquisite purple lily, develop, because it had been, out of the inspiration of the edifice, and intrude their imperial blossoms throughout the sculptured display that protects the arched colonnade by which it’s surrounded. The entire exterior of the tomb is sleek and enticing ; and it seems fairly like a temple devoted to cheerfulness, than a shrine for the ashes of the lifeless. The sunshine struggles by way of the contemporary inexperienced leaves of the giant-tree, and falls fiiekeringly upon the marble steps, portray them with a thousand improbable figures; and the blue doves which nestle amid its branches fill the air with their comfortable eooings, destroying the dec]) silence of the sacred spot. Altogether, the Mausoleum of the magnificent Solyman conveys no concept of dying and the grave, neither is it compelled upon you even while you step throughout the edge on to the richly carpeted ground, and see earlier than you the sarcophagi of the imperial founding father of the constructing, of his successor, of Sultan Aklnnet, and of the 2 daughters of Solyinan. These of the Sultan’s are surmounted by lofty and curiously folded turbans of white muslin, embellished with aigrettes; whereas these of the princesses are merely lined with shawls of inexperienced cashmere, a lot dilapidated by time. On a stand close to the doorway, rests an admirable mannequin of the Mosque at Mecca, and the Prophet’s tomb, with events of pilgrims on their method to and from the holy metropolis; it’s effectively executed, and bears an look of nice accuracy.

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Sultan calmly

“ Would you inform me that Europe boasts not its equal?” requested the Sultan calmly.

I’ve visited most of the cities of the west;” stated the obsequious rai’ah, “and I’ve seen nothing from the rising of the solar to its taking place, so good because the Serai Bournou.”

“ Chok chay—that’s a lot!” smiled the Sultan ; “ then the Franks are liars after they ship me issues like these, and inform me that they signify the palaces of their Padishahs ;”J and as he spoke he drew out a roll of paper which he held in his hand, and exhibited to the discomfited Armenian views of the completely different imperial and royal edifices of Europe. “ Have you ever ever seen any of those Serais ? and do they actually not resemble the drawings now earlier than me ?”

“ They do, might it please your highness; I’ve appeared on a lot of them.”

“ Then,” stated the Sultan, “ you’re unsuited to the enterprise which I con-template ; for none, save a rogue or a idiot, might class that place, fitted just for deeds of blood and thriller”—and he pointed as soon as extra in direction of the Serai Bournou; “ that place, hidden beneath excessive partitions, and amid darkish timber, as if it couldn’t courageous the sunshine of day; with these mild, laughing palaces, open to the free air, and the pure sunshine of heaven. Such would I’ve my very own ; and such it shall be:—now we have due to this fact met for the final time.”

And the Armenian, having prostrated himself earlier than the “ Lord of the Three Seas,” withdrew from the presence of his grasp to consolation himself as he may underneath his disappointment and shame.

Elegant kiosque

The bottom upon which the palace stands was previously occupied by a chic kiosque, constructed by Sultan Selim—a glittering gaily-tinted pavilion, wanting like an enormous tulip amid the cluster of cypresses within the centre of which it rose ; and a Tekie or chapel of Turning Dervishes; whose group, undaunted by the displeasure of the Sultan, continued within the occupation of their dwelling, though the partitions of the brand new palace grew increased from each day, till they pretty overtopped the extra modest roof of the holy constructing. To the frequent orders which they acquired to vacate their Tekie, they replied solely that they weren’t free to depart, because the)- guarded the ashes of a saint; whose tomb, surrounded by a lattice-work of vibrant inexperienced, about half manner up the peak above the channel, was certainly a conspicuous object from tbeir home windows. On this dilemma, the Sultan utilized to the Cheik-Islam, or Excessive Priest, to implement their removing: however he was once more met by a gentle refusal, the Cheik-Islam pleading the hazard of such a precedent, and declining all interference. Sultan Mahmoud heard him in silence, and didn’t once more agitate the query till the chapel was pretty in-built, when he merely knowledgeable the chief Dervish of the exact day on which he was to vacate the premises; or, in default of his so doing, the roof can be pulled concerning the ears of his group. The holy man stood aghast, however there was no different; and the brotherhood in a couple of hours took quiet possession of a good-looking home on the sting of the water, which had been remodeled to them by the Sultan, on the demise of the court docket jester, to whom it had beforehand belonged.

 

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Comfy House

Properly-cushioned and comfy house

Each tub, nonetheless small might he its dimensions, consists of three flats; the outer corridor, wherein the bathing-dress is organized; the cooling- room, a well-cushioned and comfy house, reasonably heated, and supposed for the non permanent reception of the bathers earlier than they enterprise to come across the pure free air of the outside condo; and the tub itself, the place the environment is so laden with sulphuric vapour, that, for some seconds, the breath is impeded, and the suffocating sensation which ensues is positively painful.

The Imperial Bathtub on the summer season palace of Beglier-Bey, is without doubt one of the most elegant and expensive within the metropolis or its environs: and as it could possibly solely be seen by the specific permission of thfc Sultan himself, is effectively worthy of description. Passing a crimson door, surmounted by a crescent-shaped cornice of wealthy gilding, the customer enters a small corridor, wherein stands a basin of tremendous white marble, occupied by two swans, wrought in the identical materials, and showing to sport within the limpid water; which, escaping from this charming fountain, falls by hid pipes into the basins destined to provide the bathers. The cooling-room, opening from this dim condo, (the place the sunshine solely penetrates after struggling by stars and crescents of painted glass, inlaid within the marble roof like clusters of jewels,) is hung with draperies of silk, richly embroidered; and the massive mirror which occupies the wall on the decrease finish of the divan, is about in a frame-work of gold and enamel, surmounted by the Ottoman arms, skilfully executed; whereas the divan itself, fashioned of gay-coloured satin, is wrought in silks till it resembles a flower-bed; and the cushions that are scattered over it are of the identical lovely and expensive description. The tub is an unlimited corridor, of probably the most elegant proportions, lined, and roofed, and paved with marble. It’s lighted just like the cooling-room, and surmounted by exquisitely-imagined fountains; and offers again an extended and subdued echo at each footfall which disturbs its deep and dreamy silence.

Institutions of the Pashas and Beys

This description will serve to convey an thought of the baths of the nice, and can give no exaggerated impression of their magnificence ; the institutions of the Pashas and Beys being all exactly related of their association, and solely various in splendour with the sources of their house owners. Right here the truthful Zibas and Heymines of the totally different palaces cross complete hours, folded in lengthy scarfs of muslin, labored and fringed with gold, their darkish hair streaming over their ivory shoulders; inhaling the sulphuric environment, and having fun with the luxurious languor which it creates; sipping sherbets product of probably the most delicate conserves, or the best fruits; and, not unfrequently, having fun with a slumber which is nowhere deeper than amid the dense vapours of the bath-room.

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Glowing Barbyses

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

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.

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