|Publisher||University of Michigan Library|
|Publication Date||April 27, 2009|
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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. 1836. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. Peninsula of Pera.--Galata.--British Palace.--Garden.--Chapel.--Population and Society of Pera.--Turkish Cemeteries.--Golden Horn.--View of Constantinople.--Palace Janissaries.--Caiques.--Fanal.--Greek Patriarchate.--Cathedral.--Printing Office.--Patriarch.--Balata.--Jews.--Turkish Women.--Notions of Female Propriety.--Terms of Reproach.--Dogs.--How they live.--Why esteemed by Turks.--Character.--Intolerable Nuisance.--Sulamanie.--Teriake Tcharkisi.--De Tott's account of Opium Eaters.--Present State.--Lunatic Asylum.--Fearful Maniac.--Gentle Minstrel.--Turkish test of Sanity.--Severe Treatment successful--accords with National Character.--Santa Sophia.--Turkish Crescent.--Mosque of Achmet.--Number of Minarets.--Seven Towers.--District of Ypsomotia.--Greek Miracle.--Armenian Quarter.--Triple Church.--General View of the Interiorof the City.--Manners of the People. The British palace is situated, not at Constantinople, but at Pera, a district separated from it by an arm of the sea. It was called Pera by the Greeks of the lower empire, because it was zstpa, " on the other side." It is a peninsula formed by the Bosphorus and the harbour, which wash its base, from whence it rises to a high ridge. Along the spine or summit of this ridge runs the great leading avenue, called, by way of eminence, " the Pera Street." From this descend at each side sundry very steep and narrow lanes, formed in many places into shallow steps, impracticable for any kind of carriage, but frequently passed by horses, which learn to walk up and down as cautiously as if they were traversing a flight of stone stairs, and every day by crowds of hummals or porters, who labour up them with heavy burdens landed from the ships or boats below. These steep and narrow avenues, which r...