Topkapi palace a remnant of the Ottoman empire, a truly spectacular place to visit, mesmeric in detail and steeped in history. A visit to the palace’s opulent pavilions, jewel-filled Treasury and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into their lives.
Surrounded on three sides by the Marmara Sea, the Bosporus, and the Golden Horn, Topkapı Palace is located on a hill atop Istanbul’s Old City. It’s spread over four courtyards and 400,000 square meters of gardens, buildings, gates, and fountains.
A palace for the sultans of the time, who lived in this rarefied environment until the 19th century, when they moved to the ostentatious European-style palaces they built on the shores of the Bosphorus.
But it was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror built the first stage of the palace shortly after the Conquest in 1453 and lived here until his death in 1481.
The Topkapı Palace, or the Seraglio, is now a large museum in the east of the Fatih district of Istanbul in Turkey. The museum in Istanbul exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire and maintains an extensive collection of books and manuscripts in its library. It also serves an eye-opener into the history of the Ottomans and culture that defined their development. It opened as a museum in 1924, a year after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.
Topkapi palace is well worth a visit. Enjoy a guided tour inside the Topkapi Palace and see the four courtyard museum including the Audience Hall, High Court, Historical Kitchens, and The Treasury.