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
One of the entrances to the Domed Chamber
Ceiling of the Imperial Council Room
Window in the third chamber
The Audience Chamber
Detail of the overhanging roof
Bronze-plated fireplace inside the Audience Chamber
Verses of the Qu'ran inscribed above a doorway from the Fountain Hall
Courtyard of the Black Eunuchs
Examples of elaborate wall tiles from C17 and earlier.
Throught the harem there is a huge variety of tile pattern.
Courtyard of the Wives and Concubines
Doorway to the Bath of the Concubines
A fireplace in the Apartment of the Queen Mother
Shutters with mother of pearl inlay
Landscape painting high up in the Apartment of Queen Mother
Bronze-plated fireplace in the Twin Pavilions.
Stained glass windows