However in describing the peculiarities of the nice Asiatic Cemetery, the “ Silver Metropolis” of Scutari, to which it’s so putting an appendage, should not he handed over with out discover. Its gleaming homes crowd the swish level of land which types the termination of the mountain-chain that shuts within the Asian aspect of the Bosphorus, after which falls hack solely to be bathed at its base by the broader and wilder waves of the Sea of Marmora.
Nothing can he imagined extra completely lovely than the place of the city of Scutari, because it sweeps spherical this swish level, and throws the lengthy shadows of its arrowy minarets far throughout the ripple of the Bosphorus in the direction of the European shore; after which, the place the rocky coast, on the base of which it’s set like a pearl, recedes earlier than the billows of the Propontis, is itself overshaded by the majestic Bulgurlhu Daghi, darkish and frowning, and standing out amid the clear blue of heaven in stern defiance, a mark for the storm and the. tempest; whereas because the sun-light falls upon the shimmering waters at its foot, in the direction of which the hanging gardens of the principal dwellings lovingly incline, clothes the rocky descent with fringes of changeful embroidery, its swish outlines are lengthened or widened in fairy circles because the fitful breeze performs over the floor of the glittering sea.
Clusters of homes are framed in by luxuriant foliage; imperial kiosques, painted in rainbow tints, give an air of midsummer gladness to its shores; verdure descends in wealthy plenty to the very lip of the 2 seas by which it’s laved ; and never an arrow’s flight from its quay stands the “ Maiden’s Tower,” a small and picturesque fort, constructed upon so diminutive a rock that its foundations cowl the entire floor, and provides to the edifice the looks of floating upon the waves.
Lofty tower and castellated partitions
This little fortress, with its lofty tower and castellated partitions, can also be the topic of a legend ; and thus it runs: A sure Sultan, whose identify is now forgotten, had a most truthful daughter, the one baby which had been vouchsafed to him by the Prophet, and on whom his coronary heart was anchored, as on his finest hope. Lovely as a Ilouri, swish as a Peri, and homosexual because the summer time wind when it sweeps over the rose-garden of Nishapor, the lady was rising into womanhood, when the anxious father consulted a celebrated astronomer on her future future; who, after having rigorously turned over the party-coloured pages of the mysterious of Smyrna; and there’s no island all through the Archipelago the place the pome-granate is richer or extra juicy.
Oranges, lemons, peaches, and the fragile golden apple, which resembles that of the West solely in kind, additionally abound ; and with a handful of piastres, the amused Frank, decided on a innocent experiment, could freight his caique with an providing which might do no discredit to Pomona herself.