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'The English Palace'

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Like the other embassies in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, the British Embassy was always called a 'palace' because, as Philip Mansel puts it so well, "if in other capitals ambassadors lived like princes, in Constantinople they lived like kings". In the early nineteenth century the English Palace, previously always a rented building was given purpose-built premises. With most of its buildings made of wood and the density of its population accelerating, the Ottoman capital experienced a marked increase in destructive fires in the nineteenth century, and the British Embassy suffered along with the rest of the urban fabric. In 1801, following the successful Anglo-Turkish operation to drive the French from Egypt and agreement on terms for the evacuation of their forces, matters between the Turks and the French were patched up and the British Embassy, now led by Lord Elgin, was faced with a further move.

Keywords: Anglo-Turkish operation; british palace; english embassy; Ottoman Empire



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