Porte, The Sublime


Porte, The Sublime
   “The Sublime Porte” or simply “the Porte” was the name given to the Ottoman government at Constantinople. The name derives from the French translation of the Turkish Bâbiâli (“High or Lofty Gate,” or “Gate of the Eminent”), which was the official name of the gate that gave access to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, where justice was formerly administered and later where the Grand Vizier resided with the offices of the main departments of state. The French phrase has been adopted, because at one time French was the language of European diplomacy. The court of Constantinople was also known as the Seraglio. The name was no longer used when Mustafa Kemal Atat¨urk founded the Turkish Republic.
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   FURTHER READING:
    Alderson, D. The Structure of the Ottoman Dynasty. Oxford: Clarendon, 1956;
    Inalcik, H. The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age, 1300–1600. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1973.
   ANDERKOS VARNAVA

Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914. 2014.

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