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Barrow's Boys is a spellbinding account of perilous trips to uncharted parts below the main difficult stipulations. Fergus Fleming captures the eagerness for exploration that led a band of guys into occasions that might humble today's bravest adventurers.

After the Napoleonic wars, John Barrow, moment Secretary to the Admiralty, introduced the main bold exploration application the realm has ever obvious. For the following thirty years, his groups of elite naval officials went on missions to fill the blanks that littered the atlases of the day. From the 1st disastrous journey down the Congo, Barrow maintained his unravel within the face of continuing catastrophes. His explorers frequently died of disorder or by the hands of unfriendly natives. They struggled lower than budgets that pressured them to inn to pulling huge, immense ships throughout floating ice fields; to consuming mice, or their very own sneakers; or even to scary acts of cannibalism. whereas the various trips failed, Barrow and his males finally opened Africa to the area, came across Antarctica, and pried aside the mandibles of the Arctic. the various missions are thought of the best in heritage, yet have by no means earlier than been accumulated into one quantity that captures the complete sweep of Barrow's software.

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Cover of a Koran, decorated in gold filigree work CLOCKS European clocks given to, or bought by, various sultans form the majority of this collection, despite the fact that there were makers of clocks and watches in Istanbul from the 17th century. The clocks A 17th-century watch made of gold, enamel and precious stones range from simple, weightdriven 16th-century examples to an exquisite 18th-century English mechanism encased in mother-of-pearl and featuring a German organ which played tunes on the hour to the delight of the harem.

CERAMICS Experts and amateurs come from all over the world to view the collection of Chinese ceramics and porcelain on ARCHAEOLOGY display in the kitchens of Topkapı Palace. The earliest The archaeological fruits examples provided the inof the expansive Ottoman spiration for Turkey’s Empire are displayed in the indigenous ceramic Archaeological Museum, production at İznik (see p161). Examples where the exhibits range from St Saviour in Chora of İznik tiles can be monumental 6th-century BC near the city walls seen on the walls of Babylonian friezes to exquis- which has some particTopkapı Palace and ite classical sarcophagi and ularly fine examples in the city’s mosques.

58 I S T A N B U L A R E A B Y A R E A Topkapı Palace: The Harem The word Harem derives from the Arabic for “forbidden”. A Harem was the residence of the sultan’s wives, concubines and children, who were guarded by black slave eunuchs. The sultan and his sons were the only other Stained-glass men allowed access to the window in the Harem, which also included Paired Pavilions the Cage, a set of rooms where the sultan’s brothers were confined to avoid destabilizing succession contests. Topkapı’s Harem was laid out by Sultan Murat III in the late 16th century and is a labyrinth of brilliantly tiled corridors and chambers.

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