Bosphorus (i.e. Bosporus), Rumeli and Anadali-Hissar (i.e., Anadolu Hissari), Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). It shows the castles of Hisari (Anatolian Castle) and Roumeli Hissar, located across from each other on the narrowest part of Bosporus, the waterway that connects the Sea of Marmora with the Black Sea. Anadolu Hisari is on the Anatolian, or Asian, side of the Bosporus, and was built by Ottoman sultan Bayezid I in the mid 1390s as part of his preparations to besiege the city of Constantinople. Roumeli Hissar Castle is on the western or European side, and was built in 1452 by Sultan Mehmed II in preparation for his successful siege of the city in 1453.

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. "16523".

Last updated: September 27, 2013