COSTUME OF TURKEY,
ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF
DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH
A SULTANA, OR ODALISK.
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A Sultana, or Odalisk.
THE Seraglio itself, of which this female is a principal inhabitant, is an irregular building of vast extent ; and contains in all at least six thousand persons, many of whom indeed live in the city, and go there only during the day. It is not, in its extended sense, confined to the female apartments, for within its walls there are six large divisions for the divan, halls of audience, and various other departments ; besides very extensive gardens. The grand gate of entrance is called Baba-hoomajun, or Sublime Porte ; which is now also applied by foreigners to the Sultan and his government.
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