Tower Or Justice

Antoine - Ignace MellingEnd of 18th century

İstanbul Research Institute

İstanbul Research Institute
İstanbul, Türkiye

As one of the oldest units in the Topkapı Palace, the Tower of Justice has been extant since the reign Mehmed II (the Conqueror) (r. 1453-1481). The structure is referred to as “Kasr-ı Adl” in some sources. Located at the border of the Imperial Harem and Kubbealtı , the structure is representative of the “tower-pavillion” design style of the Ottoman palace and has undergone a series of changes in the course of history. In Melling’s engraving, the Tower of Justice, which was refurbished in the 17th and 18th centuries in timber, appears to have a square ground plan and a pyramidal spire. There is a row of small windows immediately below the spire.


  • Title: Tower Or Justice
  • Creator: Antoine - Ignace Melling
  • Date Created: End of 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 23,5 x 180 cm.

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