WITH THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR. 69
PALACE OF SAID PASHA.
ON ONE OF THE RAPIDS OF THE BOSPHORUS.
The first objects that present themselves on ascending the Bosphorus, are the palaces
of the several female members of the imperial family, hanging, as it were, over the water.
They display long fronts, with coarse balconies of wood, having little of architectural
beauty to recommend them. Each balcony is supported by sloping beams of timber, the
upper projecting beyond the lower, so as to impend over the water, leaving a narrow
quay as the public street beneath. The windows are closed up with more than Turkish
jealousy. The lattices are dense and impervious to all view, leaving only one minute
aperture, to which the inmate of the harem applies her eye when she wishes to contemplate the busy and living picture continually before her.
The first of these palaces is that of the Asma Sultana, the sister of the present sultan.
It is distinguished by its brazen doors, and by the sounds of music continually issuing
from it, particularly at night; when concerts attract multitudes of boats, and caiques of
all sizes, filled with company of every grade, crowd the Bosphorus before it. Next this
is the palace of the sultan's daughter, the princess Sahile, and beside it the humbler
edifice of her spouse—the difference of rank still scrupulously observed, that the son-in-
law may not forget that he is married to the daughter of the sultan. Immediately beyond
is the palace of Said Pasha, lately united to the princess Mirameh, the youngest marriageable daughter of the imperial family. The pasha has availed himself of the
privilege denied to the rayah, by painting his house of " a rosy hue," alluding, it is said,
that emblematic colour, to the happiness of his nuptial state.
Immediately below the palace is one of the rapids called by the Greeks Mega Ie roe,
and by the Turks, Buyuk akindisi, over which the stream tumbles sometimes with the
velocity and turbulence of a cataract, and is supposed to be one of the evidences of that
awful convulsion which tore open the strait, and sent the waters of the upper ocean down to
the lower regions in an eternal current. As no vessel can ascend here by force of oars, it
is necessary to tow them. The shore is seen lined with men holding coils of cord : when a
vessel arrives, the efforts of the crew are suspended; the coil is cast to the ship, and fastened to the prow; it is then passed over the shoulders of a long line of men, and by main