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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France

The Sun King’s royal chateau is famous for more than its role as backdrop to Marie Antoinette’s farmyard games. The first Ottoman Ambassador arrived here in 1721, accompanied by: “Forty Turks…dressed in different colors, 16 carrying pikes with horse-tails tied to the ends, the others with muskets over their shoulders. Twenty other Turks, mounted on horseback, followed, one carrying a turban, another a vase, a third a pipe and so on. A similar number were on foot…. The ambassador was on horseback, dressed in a simple green robe and a fur coat of the same color.” Of course, it was in the famous hall of mirrors that the Ottoman Empire was finally dismembered.

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Issue 59, June 2019 Behind Closed Doors
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