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- This photochrome print of the Sultan Bayezid II Mosque in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Located on the third hill of the city, on the site of the Forum of Theodosius in the old district of Stambul, the mosque was described in the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers: “The handsome portals of the forecourt recall Seljuk prototypes. The beautiful forecourt, enlivened ever since the time of the founder by countless pigeons, has pointed arcades with elegant domes. In the centre is an octagonal fountain.” Bayezid II was the son of Mehmed II, who conquered Constantinople in 1453. Bayezid’s rule, from 1481 to 1512, was a period of consolidation and cultural flourishing as the Ottoman Empire welcomed many Jews and Muslims expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. The large mosque he commissioned was built in 1501–6. The design is often attributed to Mimar Hayreddin (died 1512).
Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan
Title in Original Language
Sultan Bajazid’s (i.e., Beyazit’s) Mosque, Constantinople, Turkey
Type of Item
- 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color
- The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
- Print no. "6402".