“ The primary look of tlic inside is just not imposing. The double staircase, sweeping crescent-wise by means of the centre of the doorway, contracts its extent a lot as to provide it the looks of being insignificant in its proportions; an impact which is, furthermore, significantly heightened by the elaborated ornaments of the carved and gilded balustrades and pillars. However such is way from being the case in actuality; as, from this outer condominium, with its flooring of curious woods, arabesqued ceiling, and quite a few casements, open no loss than eight spacious saloons, appropriated to the Imperial family.
“ Above this suite are located the State Residences, that are beautiful with gilding, and richly furnished with each luxurious peculiar alike to the East and to the West. The Turkish divans of brocade and embroidered velvet arc relieved by sofas and lounges of European style—bijouterie from Geneva— porcelain from Sevres—marbles from Italy—gems from Pompeii—Persian carpets—English hangings; and, within the principal saloons, six of probably the most magnificent, if not truly the six most luxurious pier-glasses on the planet : a gift to the Sultan from the Emperor of Russia, after the Treaty of UnkiarSkelessi. Enclosed inside a deep body of silver gilt, bearing the united arms of the 2 Empires, these expensive glasses replicate in each route the ornaments of the condominium, and produce an impact nearly magical; whereas the highly-ornamented cieling, richly wrought with delicate wreaths of flowers, and the bright- colored carpets masking the ground, mix to fling over the saloon an environment of sunshine and gladness, which is elevated by the dazzling glories of the parterre unfold out beneath the home windows, with its flashing fountains, golden orangery, and lengthy line of gleaming lattices.
“ The Reception-room is small, and noteworthy just for the comfortably- cushioned divan on which the Sultan receives his guests; and the noble view that it instructions of the channel, from the Seraglio level to the Fortress of Mahomet.
“ TheBanquetting Corridor is fully lined with inlaid woods of uncommon and delightful sorts, finely mosaiced; the ceiling and the ground being alike enriched with a deep garland of grapes and vine leaves, flung over teams of pine-apples of beautiful workmanship.
Non-public residences of the Sultan
“ Therefore, an extended gallery conducts to the non-public residences of the Sultan ; and on each aspect are sleek fountains of white marble, whose flashing waters fall with a musical monotony into their sculptured basins. In a single, the stream trickles from a plume of feathers, so delicately labored in alabaster that they nearly seem to bend beneath the load of the glowing drops that gem them : in one other, the water gushes forth, overflowing a lotus-flower, upon whose lip sports activities a bunch of Cupids. The non-public residences, which separate the harem from the state wing of the palace, are the very embodiment of consolation: two of them are lined with wickerwork, painted cream-colour—the prettiest attainable thought, executed in the very best model.