Constantinople, Old and New

Constantinople, Old and New

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...turned into a fair during Ramazan. There the beau monde of Stamboul resorts, that is to say the masculine part of it, two or three hours before sunset. Sweetmeats are by no means all that you may buy. Eatables of all sorts, perfumes, tobacco, cigarette-holders, and beads of amber and other materials are also sold, besides silks and rugs. In Abd iil Hamid's time there was always a booth for the sale of porcelain from his little factory at Yildiz. And every year the ancient pottery works of Kiitahya send up a consignment of their decorative blue ware. Both Bairams are an occasion for paying visits. Everybody calls on everybody else, so that it is a wonder if anybody is found at home. In the case of the Sultan, however, there is no uncertainty. On the first morning of each Bairam he holds a great levee, which is attended by every one of a certain rank. The cerc mony has taken place every year since the time of Baiezid the Thunderbolt, who held his court in Broussa in the fourteenth century. Foreigners take no part in this mouayedeh (exchange of feast-day wishes), or baise-main, as they prefer to call it, but the diplomatic corps and other notables of the European colony are invited to watch it from the gallery of the throne-room. Or sometimes a humbler individual may be introduced in the suite of his embassy, as was the fortune of the present scribe on the occasion of the first baise-main of Sultan Mehmed V. It rather reminded me of youthful operatic days to march through the endless corridors and to climb the immeasurable stairs of Dolma Ba'hcheh Palace and to look down at last from the high east gallery of the throneroom. The top galleries of my youthful days, however, did not contain gilt chairs upholstered in blue and white satin or buffets more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236494665