COSTUME OF TURKEY,
ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF
DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
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Bostancı başı, official of the Sublime Porte.
THIS officer is the chief of the very numerous body of men, called Bostandjis, whose employment is much more extensive and various than their name imports, as it literally means “Gardeners.” Their number amounts to several thousands, and out of them is formed the body-guard of the Sultan. They superintend all his gardens and palaces, and always accompany him in his sea excursions. They are, indeed, most excellent rowers, and are always employed as such in the Sultan’s caique, or barge, which is steered by the Bostandji Bachi.
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