Topkapı Palace

The Topkapı palace is the oldest and largest palace in the world to survive to this day.  It was a resident for the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years.  The palace is situated right on the Bosphorus river, with a gorgeous view of the city, river, Marmara sea, and the Golden Horn.  The sprawling complex has hundreds of rooms and chambers, but only some are accessible to the public now.  At its peak, over 4,000 people lived and worked at the palace.  It had mosques, a mint, bakeries and huge kitchens, and of course living quarters.

 

TIPS FOR VISITING:

It’s honestly pretty easy- you get tickets at the gate, it shouldn’t be too busy.  From there you just wander around.  We were pretty much lost the whole time, it’s big!

 

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The harem was my favorite part.  It was full of small chambers that were beautifully decorated.

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One of the bedrooms in the harem.  I am obviously taking notes, planning when I can do this to my bedroom.

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