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Mecca-Medina : The Yildiz Albums of Sultan Abdulhamid

Mecca-Medina : The Yildiz Albums of Sultan Abdulhamid

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Mehmet Bahadir Dorduncu (Author), Hakan Yesilova (Translator)



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The Light, Inc.

The most exquisite memories of the Ottoman history are brought back to life with an album of photographs from the Yildiz Collection. In the 1880s upon an order of Sultan Abdülhamid II, Mecca and Medina, the two sanctuaries of Islam, were photographed and catalogued, together with thousands of other frames that portrayed the Ottoman lands. There are over 80 photographs in the album showing us what these blessed cities looked like in the 19th century and what they have lost over the course of time.

" The Ka'ba and the Grand Mosque in Mecca
" The Prophet's Mosque in Medina
" Cemeteries of Jannat al-Mualla and Jannat al-Baqi
" Tombs of Khadija and Hamza
" Ajyad Fortress and Ottoman Barracks
" Mina, Mount Arafat, and pilgrimage
" Beirut Port and the cities of Lebanon

Mehmet Bahadir Dorduncu studied history at Ataturk University, Erzurum. He worked as a history teacher at various secondary schools and undertook administrative positions. Much of his writing and articles have been published in Turkish magazines. He is currently a staff writer and editor for Kaynak Publishing Group in Istanbul. His special area of interest and expertise is the development of photography during the Ottoman period. He is presently working on compiling the best samples of photography catalogued by the Ottomans that portray how the people and the cities were at the time.

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