Saturday, 11 May 2019

Istanbul Attraction: Topkapi Palace Museum Photo Gallery

Topkapi Palace is one of Istanbul's top tourist destination. Built in 1461 during the Ottoman Empire, this palace turned museum has been listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For 400 years Topkapi Palace was the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans who ruled over Turkey. Soon after the Ottoman Empire came to an end, the palace was converted into a museum. Walking around the palace ground is a good opportunity to catch glimpses into the opulent lifestyle of the sultans who once resided here.

The palace is built on a hilly land by the shore of Bosphorus Strait. It a very huge complex consisting of four major courtyards, a number of gardens, pavilions and many individual buildings each serving its purpose. It is surrounded by a wall and there are a few grand looking gates. Visiting Topkapi Palace requires an entrance fee and the queue to view the exhibits in some of the monuments can be insanely long. Even though a big part of the palace is out of bound for visitors, a lot of walking still has to be done as the palace ground is really expansive. 

Photo Gallery

Building outside the wall of the palace

The Gate of Salutation, entrance to the Second courtyard of Topkapı Palace

Hagia Eirene, which was originally a church during the Byzantine Empire and which was enclosed to be part of the palace ground served as an armory where weapons could be repaired during the Ottoman Empire.

The gilded door that leads to the domed Imperial Council Chamber 

Ornate Domed Ceiling Inside Imperial Council Chamber

Beautiful Walls and Ceiling inside Imperial Chamber

The second courtyard: Imperial Council Chamber in the background is the Tower of Justice

The Audience Chamber

The Audience Chamber

The Conqueror's Pavilion (Fatih Köşkü) houses the Imperial Treasury

 Library of Sultan Ahmed III

Inside Library of Sultan Ahmed III

Yerevan Kiosk 

Tulip Garden With Fountain, 4th Courtyard

Terrace Kiosk

Mecidiye Pavilion

Palace Ground next to Bosphorus Strait

The Mosque Of The Hall / The Sofa Mosque 

Panoramic view of the Marmara Sea from the palace

Baghdad Pavilion

Conqueror's Pavillon with the Imperial Treasury.

Revan Pavilion

Palace Kitchen with tall Chimneys

 Outer Gardens

Wall, gate and wild flowers on palace ground

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