Issue 7, 1994/95

The Great Walls of Istanbul

£50.00 / $73.50 / 215.60 TL
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John Julius Norwich and Andrew Finkel on the threat to Istanbul’s city walls. We go inside Muharrem Nuri Birgi’s Üsküdar yalı, a veritable jewel on the Bosphorus shore, put William Allan’s ‘Slave Market’ on trial; discover the art of falconry; and meet the living legend Zaro Ağa, aged 157 – before taking a journey to Konya and sitting down to perfect pilavs


  • Istanbul in Peril

    The Anastasian and Theodosian walls together protected the city for many years; but now this vast and beautiful network is under attack from within. Cornucopia investigates the dangers that threaten this important cultural icon and its surroundings.

  • The Jewel Box

    The Çuruksulu Mehmet Pasha Yali once saw diplomatic service as the home of the ambassador Muharrem Nuri Birgi. Beautifully preserved, its restrained exterior and spacious interior evince the classical age of Ottoman style, and its clifftop position provides timeless views

  • Slaves to Fantasy

    Chris Farrard questions the motives behind William Allan’s famous Slave Market

  • A bird in hand

    During the Turkish quail-hunting season, man’s best friend is the sparrowhawk. Roger Upton describes how these redoubtable birds help to bring home the bacon

  • Stock taking

    Berrin Torolsan sheds light on the secrets that ensure fluffy, succulent results from rice, bulgur or couscous, with recipes from the homely to the festive.
    More cookery features

  • East with the Night

    The fascination of Istanbul is enough to keep visitors and even the city’s more Westernised residents, from exploring the Asian interior of Central Anatolia, whose local capital, Konya, boasts a million residents and a daunting commitment to Muslim fundamentalism. But a night’s journey by train from Haydarpaşa brings one back to the very dawn of civilisation, and the experience is well worth the not inconsiderable effort of exploring.

Inside the issue

Special Features

  1. Istanbul in Peril
    Words of warning on the preservation
    of the fifth-century Theodosian walls


  1. The Jewel Box
    The Çürüksulu Mehmet Pasha Yalı,
    an architectural masterpiece
    [extract available online]


  1. When the Fair Came to Town
    Highlights from the Küsav Antiques
    and Decorative Arts Fair
  2. Slaves to Fantasy
    Christopher Ferrand questions Sir William Allan's point of view
    [extract available online]


  1. East With the Night
    Rugs, ruins and dervishes in Konya and beyond
    [extract available online]
  2. Last of the Lions
    Antony Bryer delves into the extraordinary life
    of Zaro Ağa

Country Life

  1. A Bird in Hand
    Falconry in Turkey, by Roger Upton
    [extract available online]


  1. Stock Taking
    Berrin Torolsan sheds light on the secrets
    of perfect pilav
    [available online]


  1. A Viewer's Guide
    Turkic, Turkish, Orientalist and Byzantine art
    in salerooms and galleries
  2. Autumn in Retrospect
    Istanbul's Contemporary Art Shows


  1. A Room Without a View
    Property news by Andrew Finkel
  2. Shopping
    Modern, natural and made in Turkey

Book Reviews

  1. Decoding Anatolia
    Anatolia: Land, Men and Gods in Asia Minor,
    by Stephen Mitchell.
    Reviewed by David Barchard
  2. Thereby Hangs a Janissary
    The Janissaries, by Godfrey Goodwin.
    Reviewed by John Freely
    [extract available online]
  3. Xanthus: Travels of Discovery in Turkey,
    by Enid Slatter.
    Reviewed by John Freely
  4. Artfulness for Art’s Sake
    Hot Art, Cold Cash, by Michael van Rijn.
    Reviewed by Philippa Scott
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