Melchior Lorichs’ Panorama of Istanbul: 1559

Melchior Lorichs, a 16th century Flemish artist, produced a unique panorama of ‹stanbul in 1559. The full length of the complete panorama is about 12 meters in length and 45 cms in height and it encompasses the shores of the Golden Horn, which is filled with sailing-ships and boats darting this way and that, from Seraglio Point to Eyüp. Lorichs filled the scenes of this incredible work with lavish details of the Byzantine and Ottoman monuments that adorned the city at the time, its picturesque dwellings, and the topography of the city.

Lorichs' panorama is printed on a hand-pulled press, one color at a time. The panorama is folded and presented in a box exquisitely bound in full leather. Only one hundred numbered copies of this unusual work have been produced. A commentary text volume written by Cyril Mango and Stéphane Yerasimos accompanies facsimile with detailed information on the monuments depicted in the panorama.

This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.

Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008