The Huber Mansion and Afif Pasha Yali

The Huber Mansion and Afif Pasha YaliBuilt by Koprulu Amcazade Huseyin Pasha, the fifth member of the influential Koprulu family that dominated Ottoman politics during the latter half of the 17th century. The oldest surviving yali bears all the characteristics of the most traditional: a central fountain in the salon, a cumba, or bay-window sitting area, above the water, solid window covers and timber walls painted terracotta red. Inside, despite its disrepair, the elaborate ceiling, with, its Arab and Persian influences, that so over whelmed H.G. Dwight is a reminder of its celebrated past. The built-in cupboards and carved niches that distinguish Ottoman interiors are there, along with, faded interior panels painted with roses, lines and tulips, recalling the Ottoman Tulip Period of the early 18th century, when leading citizens competed to grow perfect blooms.

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The Yalis of Istanbul