Imperial Arsenal
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The Imperial Arsenal (Tersane-i Amire, Tersāne-i Āmire) was the administrative and production centre of the Ottoman naval forces. Established in Gelibolu (Gallipoli), it was later moved to Istanbul, on the Golden Horn (Haliç), where it developed into a much more elaborate organisation, to meet the growing needs of an early modern empire.

At the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century Ottoman seamen commonly referred to shipyards as liman (harbour), but the term tersane was adopted into Turkish after having been used, in various variants, for centu…

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Bostan, Idris, “Imperial Arsenal”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282100, 2015, 2015-1

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