Sketch guide the Aqueduct

The artist seized a cheerful second during which to switch to his sketch-book the Aqueduct of I’yrgo. The sunshine rested lovingly on the outdated gray stones of the stupendous pile at one extremity, whereas the cool shadows of the mountain, with its flowery mantle of cistus, caper crops, and wild vines, had been flung in comfortable distinction over the opposite. A celebration of travellers, with their serudjhes,* sumpter mules, and araba drawn by buffaloes, had been about to halt for his or her mid-day meal; and the sounds of human life and human laughter joyously awoke the echoes of the arch-spanncd valley.

Nature and artwork, the current and the previous, had been earlier than him; and the consequence has been not solely a trustworthy, however a strikingly attribute sketch.


“ A dome with convoluted roof, whose fold Projected o’er a irate of polished stone ;

A hoarv tree, in stateliness grown outdated,

The germ of by-past ages, now unknown;

A wild \ine wreathing spherical tlie regal gold And azure of the tinted pane; a tone Of unhappiness sighing by way of the lofty gloom Of a tall cypress.”

Courtroom of Solimanie

A BEAUTIFUL lined manner, main from the outer courtroom of Solimanie, and richly trellised with these luxuriant and leafy parasites so frequent within the East, results in the sumptuous tomb of Solyman; a light-weight and chic sexangular constructing of white marble, overshadowed by a type of monumental plane-trees which defy all calculation of their age, and appear every a mimic forest in themselves. Clusters of the uncommon and exquisite purple lily, develop, because it had been, out of the inspiration of the edifice, and intrude their imperial blossoms throughout the sculptured display that protects the arched colonnade by which it’s surrounded. The entire exterior of the tomb is sleek and enticing ; and it seems fairly like a temple devoted to cheerfulness, than a shrine for the ashes of the lifeless. The sunshine struggles by way of the contemporary inexperienced leaves of the giant-tree, and falls fiiekeringly upon the marble steps, portray them with a thousand improbable figures; and the blue doves which nestle amid its branches fill the air with their comfortable eooings, destroying the dec]) silence of the sacred spot. Altogether, the Mausoleum of the magnificent Solyman conveys no concept of dying and the grave, neither is it compelled upon you even while you step throughout the edge on to the richly carpeted ground, and see earlier than you the sarcophagi of the imperial founding father of the constructing, of his successor, of Sultan Aklnnet, and of the 2 daughters of Solyinan. These of the Sultan’s are surmounted by lofty and curiously folded turbans of white muslin, embellished with aigrettes; whereas these of the princesses are merely lined with shawls of inexperienced cashmere, a lot dilapidated by time. On a stand close to the doorway, rests an admirable mannequin of the Mosque at Mecca, and the Prophet’s tomb, with events of pilgrims on their method to and from the holy metropolis; it’s effectively executed, and bears an look of nice accuracy.




Relic of nobler days, and noblest art.”

THIS wonderful stay of by-gone business and style is indifferently ascribed to the Emperor Yalens, and to Justinian; no optimistic document of its date or founder being now in existence. It spans a stunning hill-embosomed valley close to Pyrgo, and is one in all a number of aqueducts nonetheless in existence between town of Constantinople, and the attractive, romantic, and Prank-peopled hamlet of Belgrade, on the Black Sea.

The need of an ample provide of water to a inhabitants of practically eight hundred thousand souls, and the frequency of drought within the capital, have led to nice care and a few ingenuity in its conveyance to the cisterns and reservoirs of town from the quite a few streams that fall from the mountains which fence the Euxine, and the rivulets that irrigate the valleys amongst them. Even- rill, nonetheless apparently trifling, is arrested in its progress, when it descends from a peak into the decrease lands; by which implies the valleys turn out to be inundated, and type deep and intensive lakes, whence the water is conveyed in tile pipes alongside the mountains, to pour its quantity into the aqueducts which span the valleys, and provides a noble character to the wild panorama. These synthetic reservoirs are known as bendts, and have been initially shaped by the Greeks; and the dams by which they’re shut in are mounds, confronted with marble, sculptured in oriental units and characters, that are extraordinarily imposing, and even magnificent. The Turks are, nonetheless, struggling the aqueducts of their predecessors to fall slowly to decay; and have provided their locations by indifferent sq. hydraulic pillars, sufficiently ingenious of their development to advantage description. A small reservoir is on the summit of every ; and tubes, just like these laid alongside the heights, pour the water into this tank on one facet, and discharge it on the opposite. Every pillar is six inches decrease than that which preceded it; and thus a gradual descent is produced alongside the tops of those suy-terrasi, or columns, from the mountains to Stamboul; and as they’re unfold in appreciable numbers over the nation, the provision is mostly plentiful, although it typically fails when the season is unusuall}- dry, as within the years 1S22 and 1S3G.

Individuals just like the Osmanlis

At such intervals, the fear of a folks just like the Osmanlis, who not solely join concepts of consolation and comfort with the pure ingredient, however to whom it’s important within the ofiices of their faith, might he readily conceived; and never the least affecting of its demonstrations is the looks of a Dervish on the crest of the Jouchi-Daghi, or Large’s Mountain, whose responsibility it’s to observe for, and to announce to the thirsting metropolis, the anxiously-awaited look of a small, reducing, heavy cloud, hovering above the waves of Marmora, or the Euxine—a sure indication of coming rain, which causes the Christian sojournei within the East to revert directly to the Sacred Quantity, whose holy truths are continuously recalled to his reminiscence within the land of the Infidel.