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Topkapi Palace, a landmark of Turkey

Topkapi Palace had become a city in the heart of a city and the largest palace in the world. The walls around the palace were 2 kilometers long and had an interior area of ​​6,000 square meters during its construction.
General information of Topkapi Palace
Architectural style: Ottoman, Baroque
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Species: Palace (1–2), Senior Officers ’Residence (2–3), Museum (2 so far)
Start of construction: Mid-15th century
Size: 2.5 to 1.2 square meters

Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is one of the famous Ottoman palaces of the Ottoman Empire, which consisted of 3 to 5 administrative centers. Sultan Mohammed Fateh ordered the construction of the palace in three days, and it was completed in two. Topkapi Palace is located between the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea in Istanbul and has an excellent view of the Bosphorus Strait. Topkapi Palace is one of the largest and most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.

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 Topkapi Palace Photos

History of Topkapi Palace
It was in the second year after the conquest of Constantinople that the buckets of Muhammad II were ordered to build the palace in its present position on the ruins of the Byzantine era. During his time in the palace, he spent his time in the smaller palace that nowadays turned into Istanbul University in Bayezid Square. As soon as he was transferred to the Palace of the Cappella Ball, the former palace was renamed the Old Palace and the Cappella Ball House the new. However, locals called the palace a cannon ball because the word in Turkish was equivalent to the cannon gate, because of the large cannonballs displayed outside the gates during the Sultan’s conquests. Was used.

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Initially, there were 2 to 3 residents in the Topkapi Palace at the beginning of the work, but over the course of several centuries, the number increased to 6,000 on a regular day and 6,000 during the festival season. It is estimated that among this population, the Janissaries occupied the largest number of inhabitants in the original and first life of the palace.

Topkapi Palace had become a city in the heart of a city and the largest palace in the world. The walls around the palace were 2 kilometers long and had an interior area of ​​6,000 square meters during its construction.

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 Interior of Topkapi Palace

Early construction consisted of a Cinili or Comet Kiosk (a particular type of large porch) that was completed in year 6. The main gate (Bob Homayun in Arabic or the royal gate in Persian) is built on the Sultan Square and the Mosque of Esaufiyah, and the palaces of the palace at the second gate (Bab Salam or Greeting Gate) were also completed in the 2nd year. A third gate, called Bab al-Sa’ad or the Gate of Bliss, also covers another core of some of the most important palace sites in other areas, such as the Treasury.

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 Interior of Topkapi Palace

Today’s Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace was opened to the public as a museum on the order of Ataturk in 5 years. There are many parts of the palace canopy that can be visited today. There are numerous exhibitions and venues where there is no furniture or decoration. Some of these venues are closed for renovation, but still seeing the Topkapi Palace can take half the day for an interested person. Keep in mind that in some of these venues, such as the treasury, the Sultan’s Clothes Center, and the Sacred Center, you are not allowed to take pictures.