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  • proper n. The monumental portal at the Ottoman palace where the supreme tribunals were held; became the surname of the first palace in Burssa (now Brussa), transferred to the even grander Topkapi palace after the capital's transfer to Istanbul (the former Byzantine imperial capital Constantinople)
  • proper n. A pars pro toto for the Ottoman sultanic court, hence for the imperial government, notably the vizierial divan and the entire empire

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  • n. the Ottoman court in Constantinople


From French, meaning 'the high gate/portal'. (Wiktionary)


  • Mémoires sur l'ambassade de France en Turquie .. suivis du texte des traductions originales des capitulations et des traités conclus avec la Sublime Porte (Paris 1877); CHARMES, Politique extérieure et coloniale (Paris, 1885), 303-84, 387-428; Le régime des capitulations par un ancien diplomate (Paris, 1898); BURNICHON, Les capitulations et les congregations religieuses en Orient in Etudes, LX (1893), 55;

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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