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Places London

It should not be imagined that the bazars of the East are huge flats crammed with rows of trim counters, overstrewn with toys and trinkets, and all of the gaud and glitter that are the attraction of such lounging- locations in London. There isn’t a prettiness within the nice business mart of the Moslems ; their Tcharchi consists of a cluster of streets, of such extent and quantity as to resemble a small coated city, the roof being supported by arches of stable masonry. A slender gallery, barely fenced by a wood rail, often connects these arches : and it’s extraordinary to look down from one among them upon the changeful and motley crowd under; neither is it, maybe, much less singular to the stranger, when he has gained this giddy elevation, to search out himself surrounded by numbers of doves, whom his neighborhood fails to disturb, and who seem like so habituated to human contact and human turmoil, and to have suffered each so lengthy with impunity, ns to have turn out to be regardless alike of the one and the opposite.

The Bezenstcin

Each avenue of the bazar is appropriated to a specific department of commerce; thus, on the street generally known as the Bezenstcin, the 2 ranges of counters are occupied by jewellers, and are positioned on a raised wood platform, the place the retailers unfold their carpets, and make their calculations on strips of a robust yellowish paper, resembling parchment, that they relaxation towards their knee; whereas, with out withdrawing the chibouque from their lips, they dip their reed pen into an ink-bottle, nestled amid the folds of the scarf about their waist, and thus gravely await their prospects. Past the platform is a strong-room, of which the door is made quick; for a lot of of them comprise a few of the most expensive gems on the planet, significantly pearls, turquoises, and brilliants; though the dingy and ill-supplied glass-cases on the counters would lead a stranger to think about that nothing uncommon or curious was to be met with within the Bezenstein: however let the eager and quick-sighted sellers (who arc virtually solely Armenians) see a prospect of securing a very good buyer, and tlie door of tlic interior condo as soon as thrown again, the attention should be regular certainly that’s not dazzled by the mass of jewels which encompass it. ‘flic are there in abundance; drinking-cups, lipped with gems; tusbees, or rosaries, the place each bead is a jewel; clusters of diamonds in fanciful gadgets, for the turbans of the younger beauties of the harem ; aigrettes for the caps of the nobles; housings for the Arab steeds of the Pashas, stiff with pearls and gold rings, chains, and stars;—it have been idle, briefly, to try a recapitulation of the treasures of the Bezenstein.



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.


“ 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.

Public Hammam

Public Hammam

However the public Hammam is altogether a distinct scene. No dreamy silence, no considerate abstraction might be indulged within the far-stretching corridor, the place tons of congregate, and the place the echoes of the many-domed roof heighten and lengthen each harsh sound into tenfold discordance. These institutions are quite a few in Constantinople, and fortunes, actually colossal for that nation, are mentioned to be made by them, though they pay a heavy tax to the federal government. From eight within the morning they arc open till sundown, women and men frequenting them on alternate days; and the women seldom fail to avail themselves of the entire of the time allowed, by spending it virtually completely within the lhunmam.

The bathtub is the very paradise of Jap ladies. Right here they assemble to debate each topic of curiosity and amusement, whether or not politics, scandal, or information; to rearrange marriages, and to stop them; to ask and to supply recommendation; to show their home supremacy, and to impart their home grievances ; however, above all, to benefit from the noise, the hurry, and the thrill, which type so nice a distinction to the calm and monotony of the harem.

A pair of picket pattens

On leaving the outer corridor, the bather is provided with a pair of picket pattens, raised a number of inches from the ground, which is a lot heated within the inside flats, that, till the vapour has had time to function upon the body, it’s unattainable to the touch it with the bare foot. Thus supplied—and among the many larger courses these pattens are objects-of nice price and luxurious, the band by which they arc secured throughout the instep being continuously inlaid with jewels— the bather passes into the cooling-room, the place plenty of little channels, stuffed with heat water, traverse the ground in each route; which, whereas they add to the warmth, serve to decrease the oppression of the vapour that escapes at every opening of the door of the bathtub itself; an in depth octagon corridor, containing eight fountains, and surrounded by small cupboards for many who don’t select to avail themselves of the extra public condo.

We can’t, maybe, do higher than take an outline of the extraordinary scene introduced by this locality from the pages of an eye-witness.

“ For the primary few moments I used to be bewildered ; the heavy, dense, sulphureous vapour that crammed the place, and virtually suffocated me—the wild shrill cries of the slaves pealing by way of the reverberating domes of the bathing-halls, sufficient to awaken the very marble with which they had been lined—the subdued laughter and whispered conversations of their mistresses, murmuring alongside in an below present of sound—the sight of almost 300 ladies, solely partially dressed, and that in wonderful linen so completely saturated with vapour that it revealed the entire define of the determine—the busy slaves passing and repassing, bare from the waist upwards, and with their arms folded upon their bosoms, balancing on their heads piles of fringed or embroidered napkins-—teams of beautiful ladies, laughing, chatting, and refreshing themselves with sweetmeats, sherbet, and lemonade—events of playful kids, apparently fairly detached to the densr ambiance which made me wrestle for breath—and, to crown all, the sudden bursting forth of a refrain of voices into one of many wildest and shrillest of Turkish melodies, that was caught up and flung again by the echoes of the huge corridor, making a din worthy of a saturnalia of demons, all mixed to type an image just like the illusory semblance of a phantasmagoria, virtually leaving me doubtful whether or not that on which 1 seemed had been certainly actuality, or the mere creation of a distempered mind.”


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.