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    The Sultan of Turkey attends a Service at the Mosque shortly before fleeing the country.

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    Item title reads - Sultan of Turkey flees in British Battleship - exclusive pictures taken two days before secret flight, when heavily guarded, he attended weekly "Selamlik" - or State Service at Mosque of St. Sophia. Constantinople (Istanbul).

    L/S of the mosque, the camera pans up to the minaret. M/S as the Sultan emerges and climbs into his carriage. M/S as it sets off down the street surrounded by guards, he salutes.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:18:00 / 01:15:59:00
    G 963

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  1. Unknown user says

    The item title tells us that the event this film shows is two days prior to the departure of the last Ottoman Sultan - Mehmed VI Vahideddin) - from Istanbul on 17 November 1922, and therefore claims to show us images from 15 November 1922. However, a closer examination of the footage brings up some more concrete information.

    The mosque shown at the beginning (00:13 - 00:25) is not the 'Mosque of St Sophia' (aka Aya Sofya), but in fact is the mosque of Dolmabahçe Palace.

    The final 'selaml?k' - the procession of the Sultan to Friday prayers - took place on Friday 10 November 1922, a week before he left for exile. Prayers took place neither in Aya Sofya nor Dolmabahçe, but in the mosque of Y?ld?z Palace. It is down the steps the Y?ld?z Palace mosque that the Sultan can be seen walking (00:25 - 00:34), and it is from this complex that the imperial procession departs (00:35 - 00:41).

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