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'Die von Othman Pascha erbaute Hauptwache'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎8r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 print of a drawing. It was created in 1888. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This street view depicts the main guardhouse or police station in Mecca, described as being newly built by Othman Pascha. The two-storey building features the Ottoman star and crescent symbols on the cornice and what appears to be a royal toughra at the centre of the pediment. Ottoman soldiers, wearing fezzes stand guard in front.

Several figures appear in small groups on the street in the foreground along with three donkeys and one horse. Although it is not obvious, the title mentions that ‘al Ṣafā’, one of the two hills or mounds at Mecca between which pilgrims run during the hadj or umra in commemoration of Hagar’s search for water to feed her son. The proximity of al Ṣafā to the guardhouse indicates that this scene was close to the Masjid al-Haram.


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‘Die von Othman Pascha erbaute Hauptwache (links im Hintergrund èç Çafa).’

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1 print of a drawing
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166 x 236 mm


1 print of a drawing


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Die von Othman Pascha erbaute Hauptwache'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎8r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/6, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 April 2024]

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