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Topkapi Palace

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Sumptuous beyond belief, the Topkapi Palace takes you into the fantastical, opulent world of the sultans. It was from here that the sultans of the Ottoman Era carved out an empire that would extend up into Europe and down through the Middle East and into Africa.

The interiors, with their decadently exuberant tiling and lavish jeweled decor, are an unforgettable peek into the Ottoman’s power base. The surrounding public gardens were once the sole domain of the Royal Court but are now open to the public and provide a tranquil, green respite from the city streets.

Topkapi Palace is one of the most preferred tours when planning a visit to Istanbul. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and is one of the most important works in the Historic Peninsula of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was one of the humble palaces of the Ottoman Empire with its rich collections which makes Topkapi Palace important. If you are wondering about how big Topkapi Palace is, it was built on an area of 80 thousand square meters and the most important parts of the building include two main structures; Bîrun and Enderun. Topkapi Palace has three gates named Bâb-ı Hümâyun, Bâbüsselâm, and Bâbüssaâde. The Harem, part of Enderun, and the Hasbahce garden (Gulhane Park) are also on this side. Topkapi Palace was built by famous architects of the period: Mimar Sinan, Davut Aga, Sarkis Balyan and Acem Ali.