Issue 3, 1992/93

The Pink House

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Airs and graces: discovering the yalı where Liszt played. David George captures the original interiors, since destroyed, of Fethi Ahmet Pasha’s Bosphorus house, while Brian Sewell looks at Sinan’s splendours and we uncover Pierre Loti’s harem hoax and the Black Sea’s vanishing bulbs, all served up with cracking good nut recipes

Highlights

  • Sinan: Architect of a Forgotten Renaissance

    He was the most prolific architect of all time and his legacy endures in the great mosques created for Süleyman the Magnificent. Yet, as Brian Sewell discovers, this contemporary of Michelangelo is barely known to the West. Brian Sewell admires his legacy. Photographs by Ara Güler.

  • The Pink House

    The Mocan Yalı, in the pretty village of Kuzguncuk, half a mile upstream from Üsküdar, is relatively old, decidedly large and incontrovertibly pink. Sultans stayed in it, and Liszt played in it. The yalı was purchased by the Toprak family shortly after this article was published. The interior of the house was gutted and only the facade remains. The images published in this article are a unique historical record of a centuries-old house and were taken by David George for Cornucopia in 1992

  • Of Mountains and Monasteries

    The Golden Fleece, Trebizond, Sumela… Jeremy Jame’s itinerary in Turkey’s dramatic Black Sea Mountains promised a string of ancient wonders

  • Winter’s Harvest

    From chestnuts to walnuts, from pistachios to pine kernels, they are a mainstay of Turkey’s celebrated cuisine. Berrin Torolsan unearths some splendid traditional nut recipes.
    More cookery features

  • The Cruel Hoaxing of Pierre Loti

    The French novelist Pierre Loti caused a stir in the 1900s when he championed the cause of Turkish women. But just who were the three veiled women who gave him his information? Ömer Koç reports on an infamous literary deception

  • Noah’s Ark on the Golden Horn

    Unlike the much older Venice Biennale, at the Istanbul Biennial there was a feeling of youthful experimentation.

Inside the issue

Travel

  1. Cruising into Trouble
    Anthony Bryer finds confusion on the Black Sea
    [extract available online]
  2. Of Mountains and Monasteries
    The grandeur of the Black Sea mountains
    [extract available online]
  3. Sheer Revelation
    Skiing in Turkey
  4. Memories of Old Mostar
    The old Ottoman city in the 1960s

Arts

  1. The Cruel Hoaxing of Pierre Loti
    Ömer Koç unveils an infamous literary deception
    [extract available online]
  2. Sinan: Architect of a Forgotten Renaissance
    The genius of Süleyman the Magnificent's prolific architect
    [extract available online]
  3. Bagging the Best
    Penny Oakley picks the cream of carpets
    and textiles around the world

Life Styles

  1. A Handle on the Cups
    The regatta season, by Natasha Curry
  2. The Pink House
    Fethi Ahmet Pasha’s Bosphorus house,
    also known as The Mocan yalı
    [extract available online]

Cookery

  1. A Winter’s Harvest
    Splendid nut recipes

Country Matters

  1. The Night Hawks
    Turkey's elusive hawkmoths
    by Paul Harcourt Davies
  2. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
    Andrew Byfield's crusade to preserve endangered bulbs

Finance

  1. Capital Watershed
    A water system for the future

Regulars

  1. Exhibitions
    The Swagger Portrait, Byzantine Art in France, Jean-Etienne Liotard
  2. Noah’ Ark on the Golden Horn
    Richard Dorment reports on the Istanbul Biennial
    [extract available online]
  3. Beauty
    A Head Start with Henna
  4. Shopping
    Quick Silver: Smart designs from Istanbul’s silversmiths

Book Reviews

  1. A Modern Morality Fable
    Asil Nadir and the Rise and Fall of Polly Peck,
    by David Barchard.
    Reviewed by David Tonge
  2. Reason and Rhyme
    The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire,
    by Alan Palmer.
    Swimming Against the Tide,
    by Anne O. Krueger.
    Modern Turkish Poetry, edited by Feyyaz Fergar.
    Reviewed by David Barchard
  3. Bazaar Books
    A selection of Turkish Art books reviewed by JM Rogers
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