Topkapi Palace: an illustrated guide to its life & personalities

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Saqi Books, 1999 - History - 223 pages
This guide to the palace of the Ottoman sultans in Istanbul takes the reader through all the rooms and gardens that are open to the public--and some that are not. It records the changes that the buildings have suffered through fire, earthquakes and the endless fight for space. Treasures, kaftans and furnishings are discussed as is food and drink. Above all, the book is about the thousands who lived in the saray and what they did and feared and saw, whether they were viziers, students or women.

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Genealogy of the House of Osman
The First Court
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About the author (1999)

Godfrey Goodwin taught art and architectural history at the University of the Bosphorus from 1957 to 1968 and is the author of several authoritative works, including Sinan: Ottoman Architecture and its Values Today, The Janissaries and The Private World of Ottoman Women, also published by Saqi Books.

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