The Ottoman title of kapıcıbaşı designated the chief of the palace gatekeepers, or "chief warder".[1] In the early phase of Ottoman statehood there was one single title-holder. It multiplied over time and there were in the 18th century some 150 simultaneous title-holders.[2] The holder supervised the palace gatekeepers (kapıcılar), was in charge of guarding the gates, transmitted messages and orders, and executed Imperial Council orders.[1]

Two kapıcıbaşi depicted in Antoine-Laurent Castella 1812 work.

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  1. ^ a b Giambattista Vico (2004). Statecraft: The Deeds of Antonio Carafa. Peter Lang. pp. 470–. ISBN 978-0-8204-6828-0.
  2. ^ Sir Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb; Harold Bowen (1950). Islamic Society and the West: A Study of the Impact of Western Civilization on Moslem Culture in the Near East. Oxford University Press. p. 347.