The Mohaddetyn in the Palace; Nights in the Harem Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...reception of its illustrious guests. " The next morning Ramah and myself sallied forth on a visit of inspection about the sacred city of El Medinah; and our first object was to take up a position whence we could realise its general aspect from without. Its size appeared to me to be almost as large as that of Suez in its present state. On the east of the city peered forth the four lofty towers, and the large green dome of the Prophet's tomb, beyond another pile of various buildings. Then the City of the Silent. El Ban, the old town-walls, a labyrinth of dwellings, the Egyptian Grate, the lofty, elegant minarets of the harem, and the outlines of Gabel Ohod, completed the comprehensive picture. On looking towards the north, my eyes fell on the mosque of Mohammecl, the fort wall, and the very distant view of the encampment of the Damascus caravan, which had just arrived. 'Vs observed the city to be entirely walled in, with four gates. These are named the Bab-el-Shami, the Babel-Ju-mah, the Bab-el-Zigafah, and the Bab-el-llfasr. "On entering the city by the Bab-el-Shami (the Damascene Gate, so called because the Syrian caravan enters by it), we found at the portal numerous groups of irregulars, camel-drivers, and inhabitants of various grades, who were standing there smoking, and discussing the events of the day with much animation. Passing onwards from the gate, we strolled about the bazaar. It was thronged with pilgrims in eager quest of various articles of food or raiment, or bartering an exchange of their jewels, chain-links, and gold coins, with the crafty money-changers, for small currency. Some were haggling for henna powder, others for dried dates. Many were already hurrying away with strings of dates two inches...
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations