Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.95.
Entitled – Constantinople. The Bosphorus, looking towards Scutari.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Constantinople. – We cannot do better than say a few words describing the first view of the matchless city, seen from an incoming steamer.
To the left, washed by the waves, the quaint old battlements extend from Seraglio Point to the Seven Towers, a distance of nearly five miles; and over them rise in picturesque confusion the terraced roofs, domes, and minarets of Stamboul.
To the right, the white mansions, cemeteries and cypress groves of Scutari run away eastward along the Asiatic shore as far as the eye can see.
In the centre is the opening of the Bosphorus, revealing a vista of matchless beauty, like one of the gorgeous pictures of Turner.
Our steamer glides on, sweeps round the Seraglio Point, and drops anchor in the Golden Horn.
From here, to the south, may be seen the seven low hills of the ancient city, which rise in succession from the placid waters of the inlet; these hills are crowned with domes and graceful tapering minarets, fantastic houses, and shattered walls.
Stamboul, the old city, is triangular in shape, and is thirteen miles in extent.
Galata is the business quarter for European merchants.
It lies close along the harbour at the foot of a steep hill.
There is one long, winding street running parallel to the Golden Horn, which, by the way, is a deep inlet, half a mile wide where it joins the Bosphorus, and gradually narrowing where it curves up towards the Sweet Waters, some six miles distant.
The long steet of Galata has many ramifications – alleys, lanes, and passages that surpass in dirt and squalor even the worst parts of Stamboul.
The suburb of Top-Khaneh is a continuation of Galata, extending along the shore to the Bosphorus and away beyond towards the magnificent palace of Dolmabagh-cheh.
On the ridge above Galata and Top-Khaneh (which means a cannon-foundry) is Pera, studded with the palatial mansions of the European Ambassadors, new gardens, old cemeteries, and sombre cypress groves.
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