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A difference of opinion (Topkapı Sarayı)

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Jutting out from one corner of the Second Courtyard (Divan Meydanı) is the building of the Imperial Council, with several rooms, and a wide portico wrapping around the corner. It’s all in a very ornate rococo style, and looked lovingly restored… until I noticed this arch right at the corner of the portico.

Looking closely, it seems the painting on the right half of the arch is drawn much more elegantly and expertly than that on the left half – which matches the rest of the colonnade, and looks sketchy in comparison. It seems just one part of an older version of the arch decoration was preserved (that may not even have been the original either), but does the newer version represent a difference of opinion on how it “should” look like, or is it just deliberately sketchy to emphasize it is a restoration?

The ceilings here are much more ornate than the relatively modest pattern seen at the Gate of Salutation:

Portico ceiling of Bâb-üs Selâm

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


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