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Istanbul Through the Eyes of an Ottoman Miniaturist

If you ever wondered what Constantinople looked like in the 16th century, check out this Ottoman-era manuscript, as kaleidoscopic as the city itself.

You can even compare past and present with our interactive map!

The Menazilname, a 1537 account of Sultan the Magnificent’s Iraqi campaign, is a splendid example of manuscript art from the Ottoman era.

Its historical narrative in Turkish language and 107 elaborate miniature paintings by Bosniak historian Matrakçı Nasuh portray dozens of cities with the utmost accuracy.

To find out more, scroll down to the end of the page!

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