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Turkish Baroque


From the mid 18th century, rococo and baroque influences hit Turkey, resulting in a pastiche of hammed-up curves,frills,scrolls, murals and fruity excesses, sometimes described as 'Turkish baroque'. The period's best - or some say worst -  archetype is the extravagant Dolmabahçe Palace. Although building mosques was passè, the Ottomans still adored kiosks where they could enjoy the outdoors; the Küçüksu Kasrı in Istanbul is a good example.