Highest point of land within the walls
The Janissaries’ Tower is constructed upon the very best level of land inside the partitions, and instructions one of many best views on the planet; having on one hand the entire stretch of the channel to the opening of the island-studded Propontis; and on the opposite, the doorway of the Black Sea, with the “ blue symplegadcs” within the dim distance, wanting as in the event that they have been certainly fulfilling the traditional superstition, and wandering over the waters of the “ storm-vexed Euxine.”
The instrument to which the deadly wire utilized in strangling the Janissaries was connected, is an previous Roman bow of extraordinary power ; and the place of execution was a portion of the lined means that connects the towers all through the fortress ; and it’s painful to look from this place of loss of life upon the brightness and the fantastic thing about nature, and to recollect what number of have so regarded for the final time ! The blue, sun-lighted sky—the glowing water—the unbelievable and changeful shadows solid by the broad leaves of the wild fig-trees upon the earth—the tune of the wild-birds from the underwood beneath the ramparts— all appear to conspire in investing the world with a dearer attraction, and in lending to life a price which should enehanee tenfold the bitterness of loss of life.
The few homes constructed inside the partitions of the fortress are in good restore, and are surrounded by nice gardens. Their tenants marry and intermarry frequently, not being permitted to type any alliance with households unconnected with the Fortress; and, altogether, the celebrated Roumcli Hissari, (a scaled e-book, save in a single current occasion, to all European travellers,) possesses an excellent ethical curiosity, in addition to excessive picturesque magnificence.
FOUNTAIN OF THE ASIAN SWEET WATERS.
“ A glowing scene of water, leaves, and lightweight,
And white-veil’d dames, and turban’d males are there: And throughout the earth and sea are shiny And exquisite within the sunshiny air;
Tender ripples dance upon the channel’s breast,
Mild breezes sweep alongside the mountain’s crest,
And lady’s voice, and childhood’s chuckle of glee,
C-ome blended on the ear harmoniously.”
TIIE Valley of Guiuk-Suy, charmingly located about mid-way of the llosphorus, and referred to as by Europeans the Asian Candy Waters, owes its attraction and its recognition (just like the glen of Kyat-Khana, already described,) to the circumstance of its being intersected by a fairly stream of contemporary water, which, after flowing alongside beneath the shadows of tall and leafy timber, lastly mingles its pigmy ripples with the swifter waves of the channel. The Anadoii Ilissari, or Fortress of Asia, stands upon its margin, and painfully recollects the thoughts to the darker and sterner realities of life ; or the customer to Guiuk-Suy may fancy himself in Arcadia, so pretty is the locality.