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17th-century Ottoman Tent exhibit

July 10, 2013 – September 12, 2013
Mon–Fri 9.00–20.00 Sat–Sun 9.30–20.00
Free admission on Mondays between 9.30 and 13.00. Ticketed entry all other times.

Wawel Royal Castle, 31-001 Kraków, Wawel 5, Poland

A 17th-century Ottoman tent that was captured in Vienna in 1683, when the Holy League army of Polish King John III Sobieski and the Holy Roman Emperor defeated the Turkish army commanded by Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa, is on display throughout summer at Krakow’s Wawel Royal Castle. The tent shows the splendour associated with the higher echelons of Ottoman society, which was evident even on a military campaign.

The roof and walls of the tent are decorated with arcades that feature oval medallions embellished with intertwining floral patterns and flowers, including stylised carnations and tulips – the flower of the Ottoman Empire. Above the medallions are cartouches of gold satin with blessings written in Arabic script. The tent underwent restoration from 1991 until 1999, in which all of the appliqué decoration was removed, the fabrics were cleaned in water baths and then re-applied.

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