Created 30-Oct-14
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Topkapi Palace was the home and the center of government of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire for approximately 400 years. They lived there with their family, concubines, servants and court officials. Situated at the south end of Sultanahmet, it came with glorious views over the Golden Horn, Bosphorus, and the Sea of Marmara, along with welcome cooling breezes.

The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings over an area of approximately 700,000 meters. The harem alone has over three hundred rooms.

We spent about three hours touring the Palace and probably only saw half of it. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to photograph the precious items stored in the Treasury buildings.

The Gate of Salutation

The Gate of Salutation

One of the entrances to the Domed Chamber

One of the entrances to the Domed Chamber

Ceiling of the Imperial Council Room

Ceiling of the Imperial Council Room

Window in the third chamber

Window in the third chamber

The Audience Chamber

The Audience Chamber

Detail of the overhanging roof

Detail of the overhanging roof

Bronze-plated fireplace inside the Audience Chamber

Bronze-plated fireplace inside the Audience Chamber

Verses of the Qu'ran inscribed above a doorway from the Fountain Hall

Verses of the Qu'ran inscribed above a doorway from the Fountain Hall

Courtyard of the Black Eunuchs

Courtyard of the Black Eunuchs

Examples of elaborate wall tiles from C17 and earlier.

Examples of elaborate wall tiles from C17 and earlier.

Throught the harem there is a huge variety of tile pattern.

Throught the harem there  is a huge variety of tile pattern.

Courtyard of the Wives and Concubines

Courtyard of the Wives and Concubines

Doorway to the Bath of the Concubines

Doorway to the Bath of the Concubines

A fireplace in the Apartment of the Queen Mother

A fireplace in the Apartment of the Queen Mother

Closer view

Closer view

Shutters with mother of pearl inlay

Shutters with mother of pearl inlay

Landscape painting high up in the Apartment of Queen Mother

Landscape painting high up in the Apartment of Queen Mother

Bronze-plated fireplace in the Twin Pavilions.

Bronze-plated fireplace in the Twin Pavilions.

Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows

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