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Palace Period Ice


The state's serious understanding of order also showed itself in the snow and ice division. The officials called Karcıbaşı and Buzcubaşı, especially the Sultan; Valide Sultana provided snow and ice to female masters, harem, foreign ambassadors, palace workers, and servants.


In a document from 1742; It is stated that two bags of snow and ice are given daily for the sultan, three bags of snow for female masters, and one bag of snow for the harem cuisine.


Despite the scarcity of snow and ice in 1810, the Sultan and Valide Sultana did not feel any trouble in this regard. Leaving aside the seasonal conditions, the iceberg and Karcıbaş's duties would be compromised and even dismissed in possible failure.


Even when the Sultan went on a campaign, the soldiers in the campaign continued to provide snow and ice to the soldiers. Snow and ice could be consumed by everyone from the palace to the people for about 9 months starting in February and until November.

The story of snow and ice, which started in the years before, gained a different dimension with the finding of a refrigerator in the 19th century. With the gradual spread of this invention, reaching ice is far from old troubles; it has become easy.


In 1887, Sultan II. Abdülhamit had ordered the establishment of an ice factory in Istinye, Istanbul. In 1889, this time another ice factory was to be opened in Izmir. It is also known that tradesmen engaged in snow and ice are not very satisfied with these opened factories. A large number of complaints were submitted to the state by tradesmen during this period. However, time would not be left against the tradesmen.


In line with the Cabinet of speed entering the house in Turkey, it was found to be stored until the 1940s abdomen. Ice, on the other hand, resisted a little more and was brought up from the hills of the mountains until the 60s.

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