Travel to Great Mirror: Photo 1
Yes, Virginia, there really is (or was) a Sublime Porte. It was the French name for the gate to the Ottoman vizier's offices, which adjoined Topkapi Palace. Today, it just leads to ordinary government offices, but the canopy has a Disneyesque quality, and there are still guards to chase you out and protect the Oriental aura.
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