Lecture 2. Coffee and Coffeehouses, 1500-1750

In the previous lecture, we looked at the emergence of coffee as a novel social drink in the eastern Mediterranean in the 16th century. This lecture deals with the architecture of coffeehouses, from the mid-sixteenth-century to mid-eighteenth-century. In each context, we start with a broad description of the introduction of coffee and the coffeehouse and the circumstances of their transfer, along with a detailed analysis of one or two representative examples. The lecture ends with a discussion of the common architectural, urban, and social features of the coffeehouse in the first phase of its historical development.

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