AN OTTOMAN CASTLE ON THE NORTH BORDER IN THE XVITH CENTURY: GIURGIU


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Erdogan M. K.

BALKAN ARASTRMA ENSTITUSU DERGISI-JOURNAL OF BALKAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE-JBRI, vol.11, no.1, pp.125-167, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Giurgiu is a settlement located on the left bank of the Danube River that dates back to the Mesolithic Age and where many civilizations ruled. Giurgiu, which has been known by various names in the historical process and has the characteristics of a port town, was named "Yergogu Ote Yaka" compared to the city of Ruse (Yergogu Beri Yaka) on the opposite shore after it came under Ottoman rule during the reign of celebi Mehmed. From the conquest to the late 16th century, the number of guards was increased in Giurgiu, which was exposed to many attacks and looting of the Crusader army, especially Wallachia; some exemptions were also given to the Muslim and Christian reaya (people) living in the suburbs in return for the protection and repair of the castle.