Travels in Circassia, Krim-Tartary Including a Steam Voyage Down the Danube from Vienna to Constantinople, and Round the Black Sea...
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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...and statues which delight the amateur in the temples devoted to Catholic worship, find no place here, being expressly forbidden by the Koran. A mosque is generally adorned with several cupolas, supported by porphyry, jasper, or marble columns; with a court-yard in front, decorated with a fountain in the form of a temple, and shaded with the united foliage of the cypress, plane, sycamore, and other trees, forming a most agreeable retreat during the heats of summer. The branches are sure to be the resting-place of myriads of doves; this bird being an especial favourite with the disciples of Mahomet. The mosque called Achmed, near the Hippodrome, is that usually visited by the Sultan and the different members of the divan on great public occasions. In the court-yard, a tree was pointed out to us, upon which, it is said, several of the janissaries were executed during the general massacre of that body. We now approached San Sophia, the Russian ambassador having judiciously arranged that we should visit it the last. I was much struck by its colossal dimensions; but though anxious to enter, we were obliged to restrain our impatience, as it was the third hour of the day; when, according to the rites of the religion of Mahomet, numbers of Turks were engaged in prayer. We occupied ourselves, in the mean time, in viewing the adjoining chapel, which contains the tomb of Selim II., who repaired San Sophia after it was much injured by an earthquake. Sultan Selim was worthy of being a priest of Bacchus; for such was his devotion to the wines of Cyprus, according to his biographers, as to induce him to undertake an expedition against that island for the purpose of becoming sole possessor of the vineyards. The gratification of his desire cost the lives...
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