Topkapi Palace


The Topkapi Palace was the main residence of Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries.   Visiting the palace gives a fascinating glimpse into what their lives were like during this time frame.

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We arrived to the Palace early in the morning, so I was lucky to get a few photos without people in them…

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The Palace is huge, so there are lots of angles to take photos from…

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Topkapı is a series of pavilions, kitchens, barracks, audience chambers, kiosks and sleeping quarters built around a central enclosure.

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The view from the Palace was gorgeous!

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Another one for my collection of “people taking selfies”…

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The sultan was allowed by Islamic law to have four wives, but supported as many as 300 concubines in the Harem, which you had to pay extra to view (but I didn’t).  By the way, I don’t think this is the harem.  Not sure which building was.

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Topkapı’s Treasury features an incredible collection of objects made from or decorated with gold, silver, rubies, emeralds, jade, pearls and diamonds.

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While I was waiting for the others in my group to finish, one of the workers let me sit down beyond a door meant for “employees only”, and offered me a cup of tea.  He was so kind!

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There was a beautiful girl there that allowed me to take her photograph.  I pointed to her hand and told her I thought it was nice.

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We spent about 1 1/2 hours going through all of the buildings!

6 thoughts on “Topkapi Palace

  1. Great shots. Loved the palace when I was there is April but the day was grey and rainy. I visited the harem, which was nice, but missed some other parts that you have shots of because I went so late in the day. Great to see more of the palace.

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