Thursday, October 22, 2009

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Part 3

The Topkapi Palace was the home of the Ottoman Turk Sultan from 1465 until 1853. It was turned into a museum by the Turkish government in 1924. It is built on Seraglio Point, where the Bosporus and the Golden Horn meet. It is an easy walk from the Blue Mosque and the Sophia Dome. The photo below is of the Bosporus taken from the Topkapi.

The Topkapi is an ensemble palace rather than a single building. It is several buildings separated by courtyards and gardens. Below are two fountains, one very ornate and the other simpler with a large pool.

Below: External door.

Below are some windows from one of the buildings. The use of tiles, especially blue ones, was very striking in the Topkapi.

Below is a photo of a ceiling.

Below are windows from another building.

Below: Doors.

This young Turkish family was also visiting the Topkapi.

Below: Tilework on an interior wall.

Below: Interior door.

Below: Ceiling

Below: Window.

Below: Doors.

Below: Door and window.

Below: One of the many gardens.

Below: A magnificent entrance door to one of the buildings.

The building(s)of the harem are also on display at the Topkapi, but we missed them.
After leaving the Topkapi we went to the Grand Bazaar. The bazaars of the Middle East are in my opinion clearly the fore runners of the shopping mall, and in many ways far more interesting. It would be easy to get lost. One must bargain for everything; not to bargain is considered an insult. Below are photos of the Grand Bazaar and some bargaining going on.

Below: Fishing from the wharf along the Golden Horn.

Below is a night shot across the Golden Horn showing the Sophia Dome,the Blue Mosque and a little bit of the Topkapi Palace on the left edge.


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  2. The bazaar looks like a lot of fun! Linus haggled with a Turk in a mall in Dallas once. And we got the desired item for quite a bit less than the asking price! I didn't know that was possible at a mall in Texas, but apparently it is when you've put together Persian and Turkish transplants.

  3. The last photo is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing wonderful sights of Turkey.