Encyclopedia - Sublime Porte

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V The Sublime Porte - a French translation from the Turkish 'Bābiāli' and also commonly known simply as 'Porte' - comprised the government of the Ottoman Empire.

The title, which was used chiefly by Europeans, comprised the name of the gate which provided entry to the Sultan's palace in Constantinople (now Istanbul), where justice was formerly administered in ancient times and where latterly the principal departments of state were located.

The term came to be used to refer to the Ottoman government in its entirety or else to the Ottoman court.

A Kite Balloon was an observation balloon controlled by a cable from the ground.

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