An Evaluation on the Management Practice of Castles in the Ottoman Aegean: The Repair Project of Mytilene Castle
OSMANLI EGE’SİNDE KALELERİN YÖNETİM PRATİĞİ ÜZERİNE BİR DEĞERLENDİRME: MİDİLLİ KALESİ’NİN ONARIM PROJESİ

Author : Orçun Nalezen
Number of pages : 285-294

Abstract

In this article, a repair project planned to be carried out in the Castle of Mytilene between 1578 and 1579 is examined by focusing on the documents sent from the capital city. Since these documents reflect the view of the region from the imperial center, the Castle of Mytilene is treated in a general strategic context, and a spatial connection is established between the continuity of Ottoman domination and the functionality of the castles in the Aegean. In order to establish this connection, the steps taken during the implementation of the military reconstruction project carried out on an Ottoman island are examined. Issues such as the decision-making process, supply of labor force, time pressure, and financing are mainly emphasized, and the attitudes of the administrators while producing solutions in the Mytilene Island are also addressed. In order to explain the military capacity of the Castle of Mytilene in a tangible way, financial records are also applied, and comparisons are made with the troops stationed in other castles in the Aegean. It is emphasized that if the castle is not physically adequate, the castle cannot maintain its military effectiveness. The military potential of the Castle of Mytilene and its ability to carry out repair - renovation works are also examined in this context. The effects of the people commanding the castles are revealed in the implementation of the Ottoman strategy which is based on sustaining the fortifications dating back to the Byzantine Period.

Keywords

Aegean Islands, command, fortification, labor, Ottoman domination, repair

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