Unlucky Sultan Selim
At Evoub, on the very verge of the water, stands one of many summer season palaces constructed by the unlucky Sultan Selim, and overlooking the stunning glen via which the Barbvses flows calmlv onward, to lose itself within the harbour. It’s now the property of the Sultana Asme, the elder sister of the current Sultan.
“ The decorations all through are heavy, however of the best richness, and completely oriental of their character. “W hat was previously the reception-room of the ill-fated sovereign is solely lined with gilding; the partitions being niched and overhung with stalactited cornices much like these which enhance lots of our previous cathedral tombs ; and the load of this elaborate decoration is relieved by a ceiling of faint blue, sprinkled with silver stars.”
The outside of the constructing is within the Moorish style, with a convoluted and projecting roof; and the fagade is of appreciable extent.
Nice Fez manufactory
Close to this palace stands the nice Fez manufactory, the place all of the caps for the courtroom and the military at the moment are made. It’s a fashionable constructing, erected on the positioning of one of many dilapidated kiosques of the Sultan, and is an important and decorative characteristic within the panorama.
There may be an anecdote linked with this institution, which is sufficiently attribute and amusing to advantage transcription ; and it might be inserted right here for the advantage of the numerous, to whom will probably be solely novel. “ The manufactory was instructed and based by Omer Lufti Effendi, in consequence of the extraordinarily excessive worth paid by the Sultan to the Tunisians, with whom this material originated, for the head-dress of his troops. Having induced a celebration of Arabian workmen from Tunis to accompany him to Constantinople, he established them within the previous palace, which has since been changed by the current noble constructing ; and below their path the knitting and shaping of the caps acquired some extent of perfection.
“However the dye was a secret past their artwork; and the Turkish authorities, anxious to second the views of the energetic Oiner Effendi, made a second importation of Tunisians with no higher success, though they have been chosen from among the many most effective workmen of their nation. The caps, whereas they have been equal each in type and texture to these of Tunis, have been dingy and ill-coloured; and the Arabs declared that the failure of the dye was owing to the water in and about Constantinople, which was unfavourable to the medication employed.