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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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