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Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey

Explore the Wonderful Sights at the Topkapi Palace and Museum.

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Topkapi Museum, Istanbul (Turkey)

Looking for a great time exploring the royalty of the Turkish kings or sultans? Look no further. ‘Topkapi Palace’ is the place to be. Of the many things to see in Turkey, mainly Istanbul, the museum is definitely a must-see. Its ancient carvings are one to watch out for. Topkapi Museum is the subject of many colorful stories than most of the other museums of the world put together. Lustful sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines (chained women) and varied eunuchs worked and lived here between the 15th – 19th century, when it used to be a court of the Ottoman Empire. A visit to the ex-palace’s luxurious pavilions, jewel-filled Treasure chest and the magnificent Harem gives as fascinating glimpse into what their lives could be.

History of Topkapi Palace

It is called Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi, in Turkish and located in Istanbul. It enshrines the vast imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire and also maintains an extensive, varying collection of books and manuscripts in its library. The museum is housed and located in a palace complex that used to serve as the main administrative headquarters and as the residence of the imperial Ottoman court from 1478 to 1856, so expect a royal feast of extensive luxury viewing when you get here! It re-opened as a museum in 1924, a year after the establishment and re-decoration of the Republic of Turkey. This museum is not just notable for its architecture and collections but also for the culture and history of the Ottoman Empire that it gets us reminiscing about.

Attractions of Topkapi Palace

Almost all the people who visit Istanbul, pay a visit to Topkapi Palace, but they all have their own reasons. Some visit this amazing Palace for the views that it offers from the top, with the city of Istanbul spread out as far as the eye can see, while some visit it to explore the four amazingly well maintained and well kept courtyards that decorate the area around the Palace. One of the main attractions here is the Ahmet III fountain and the Ottoman Gardens Music Parade.

Amazing Facts about Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Museum has an extensive collection of manuscripts and books.

It also exhibits the imperial collection of the Ottomon Empire recalling its history and culture.

Being the most visible hill of Istanbul, Topkapi Palace symbolizes the city.  

The palace hosted around 22 different Sultans and their families in the duration of four centuries.

The palace was converted into a museum post the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1924.

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    What are the major sights that one can enjoy here in Topkapi Palace?

    Sacred Relics – The house of Petitions holds a number of relics of the Prophet Mohammed, making for great viewing. Don’t miss out on this as the upper galleries enshrine some of the world’s most beautiful jewels and manuscripts.

    What other attractions that the ones mentioned above can be found at the Museum?

    Court of the Janissaries, Hagia Eirene - the second largest byzantine church, Gate of Felicity, and the Topkapi Dagger studded with precious jewels are some of the best things to see here.

    What is Harem in Topkapi Palace?

    The Harem apartments in Topkapi Palace were the section where Ottomon sultans used to live together with their families.   

    What was the purpose of the Topkapi Palace?

    The main purpose of the construction of Topkapi Palace was serving as the educational and administrative centre of the state. The imperial archives continued to be preserved at the palace even when it couldn’t meet the requirements of the protocol and ceremonies of the state.

     

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