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Encyclopedia > Sublime Porte

Synonym of the government of the Ottoman Empire often confusing the Sublime Porte and the High Porte.


The Sublime Porte is the open court of the sultan, lead by the Grand Vizier. It got its name after the gate to the headquarters to the Grand Vizier. Later it became the Foreign Ministry and in contemporary times the office of the governor (Vali) of Istanbul Province.


The High Porte is the private court of the sultan.


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Porte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (203 words)
The Sublime Porte was the open court of the sultan, lead by the Grand Vizier.
The High Porte, in contrast, was the private court of the sultan.
When translated into English, the Turkish term Babi Ali means, literally, "High Gate." Porte is French for "Gate," therefore, the term High Porte is a bilingual combination of English High and French Porte that is equivalent to Babi Ali.
Modern History Sourcebook: The Treaty of Berlin, excerpts, 1878 (1001 words)
The Sublime Porte undertakes scrupulously to apply in the Island of Crete the Organic Law of 1868 with such modifications as may be considered equitable.
The Sublime Porte shall depute special commissions, in which the native element shall be largely represented, to settle the details of the new laws in each province.
The Sublime Porte cedes to the Russian Empire in Asia the territories of Ardahan, Kars, and Batum [modern Armenia and Georgia, with a bit of Northeastern Turkey], together with the latter port.
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