Seraskierat (i.e., Seraskerat) (War Ministry), Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print of the Seraskerat (Ministry of War) 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 how “the Serasker Kapu, the modern southern gateway, leads into the court, now a drilling-ground, of the Seraskerat (ministry of war). Here once stood the Eski-Serai, the oldest palace of the sultans. The Serasker Tower, about 200 feet [61 meters] high, built by Mahmud II. (died 1839) of white marble from the island of Marmara, affords a magnificent view of the city.” The Seraskerat is located in an old district on the European side of the city, “on the third hill of the city, the site of the forum of Theodosius I,” who ruled Constantinople in the late-fourth century.

Publication Information

Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

Type of Item

Physical Description

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. "6398".

Last updated: September 27, 2013