Topkapi Palace (Istanbul, Turkey) Reviews
Newest Review: ... directly in front of you is the Audience Chamber where the Sultan of the day would greet ambassadors and other dignitaries, whilst sprawled on a divan bed with fancy embroidered and beaded cushions. Behind this is the eighteenth century Library of Ahmet III, it is a very pretty room, with lots of stained glass windows, wood detail and pretty tiles. This is a good introduction to the décor you will see throughout the rest of the palace, but sadly there are no books here. As you come out again, to your right are former barracks with now house a number of heavily embroidered fine robes and kaftans as worn by past emperors. You are not allowed t... more
Customer Topkapi Palace (Istanbul, Turkey) Reviews (2)
by - written on 16/10/13 (Very useful, 57 readings)
One of my absolute highlights of my mini-break to Istanbul earlier this year was the Topkapi Palace. Situated just beyond the Hagia Sophia in the Sultanahmet district, it is about 5minutes walk from the tram stop. Mehmet the Conqueror built the initial part in the mid fifteenth century, from then on this was the place the Ottoman sultans lived until the 19th century, where they moved to more modern, European style palaces, although Topkapi remained important for certain state official events and contained a number of important relics and artefacts. President Ataturk converted it to a museum in 1924. FIRST AND SECOND COURTS You enter through the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/06/01, updated on 12/06/01 (Very useful, 179 readings)
The Topkapi Palace located at the extreme tip of the south-western peninsula of Istanbul was the principal residence for the Sultans of Istanbul from its construction in the 15th century, through to 1853. It's an essential part of a visit to Istanbul, and boasts some of the most impressive Ottoman architecture in the city. It also gets absurdly crowded, detracting more significantly from my enjoyment of the palace than the crowds at any of the other tourist attractions I visited in Istanbul. HISTORY Topkapi Palace was constructed between 1459 and 1465 by Sultan Mehmet II, shortly after his conquest of the city of Constantinople. The palace consists ... Read the complete review
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