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This vividly distinctive revisionist background exposes the underworld of the most important city of the early smooth Mediterranean and during it the total textile of a fancy, multicultural society. Fariba Zarinebaf maps the historical past of crime and punishment in Istanbul over multiple hundred years, contemplating transgressions resembling riots, prostitution, robbery, and homicide and while tracing how the state Read more...

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52 The Greek communities lived along the seacoast in Kum Kapı, Samatya, and Fener. The headquarters of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate had been located in Fener since 1601. Members of the Greek Phanariot community carried out trade on the Black Sea, supplied dragomans (translators) to the Porte, and were appointed as princes of Moldavia and Wallachia. 53 The Armenians and the gypsies lived by the western wall in Sulu Kule and Samatya. The headquarters of the Armenian patriarchate was in Samatya.

52 The Greek communities lived along the seacoast in Kum Kapı, Samatya, and Fener. The headquarters of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate had been located in Fener since 1601. Members of the Greek Phanariot community carried out trade on the Black Sea, supplied dragomans (translators) to the Porte, and were appointed as princes of Moldavia and Wallachia. 53 The Armenians and the gypsies lived by the western wall in Sulu Kule and Samatya. The headquarters of the Armenian patriarchate was in Samatya.

The rebels used the Hippodrome as their base in 1703 and 1730 (see chapter 3). The commercial hub of the city was located very close to the Hippodrome and the Topkapı Palace. The Divan Yolu (via ignatia) branched out in several directions from the Hippodrome and connected the area to the mercantile center of the city, the Grand Bazaar and its surrounding residential and commercial districts on the one side as well as the Egyptian Market and the port (Eminönü area) on the other side on the Golden Horn.

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