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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


  • 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.

  • A quieter vision: the pastels of Liotard

    A storm one cold winter’s day in Rome brought Jean-Etienne Liotard to Istanbul. In a café where he took refuge from the rain, he met an Englishman, William Ponsonby, the future Earl of Bessborough, who invited the painter to join his party on a tour of the East. Liotard accepted, and they set sail from Naples on April 3, 1738.

  • Memories of Old Mostar

    The relentless bombing of Mostar (1992) is destroying the fruits of five centuries of peaceful coexistance in Bosnia. Marian Wenzel recalls how the old Ottoman city looked when she lived there in the Sixties

  • Where have all the flowers gone

    Exquisite bulbs, once uprooted in their millions, may be saved by a scheme to satisfy both gardeners and conservationists. Botanist Andrew Byfield reports

Inside the issue


  1. Capital Watershed
    A water system for the future


  1. Exhibitions
    Jean-Etienne Liotard at the Louvre,
    [available online]
  2. The Swagger Portrait, Byzantine Art in France
  3. Noah’ Ark on the Golden Horn
    Richard Dorment reports on the Istanbul Biennial
    [extract available online]
  4. Beauty
    A Head Start with Henna
  5. 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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