A Part of the Eyoub (i.e., Uyüp) Cemetery, I, Constantinople, Turkey
This photochrome print of the Uyüp (now Eyüp) Cemetery in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers described the cemetery and its mosque as having been “built of white marble by Mohammed II, the Conqueror, in 1459, adjacent to the türbeh of Abu Eyúb Ensari, the legendary standard-bearer of the prophet, whose tomb here was revealed in a vision a few days after the conquest…” The reference is to the rediscovery of the tomb of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī (died circa 672) during the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The name Eyüp comes from this close companion of the Prophet Muhammad. The area had a long history as a place of burial, for Christians as well as Muslims, because it lay outside the city. Baedeker described “the splendid view of both banks of the Golden Horn.”
Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan
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. "6190".
Last updated: September 27, 2013