About Topkapı Palace

  • About Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture and one of the must-visit attractions in Istanbul. It served as the administrative and educational center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years and covers 700,000 square meters. Now a museum, it is packed with opulent rooms, beautiful gardens, and incredible art, and artifacts from the Ottoman dynasty.  One of the most fascinating parts of the palace is the Harem, which is filled with intriguing stories.

Quick Facts about Topkapi Palace

Quick Facts about Topkapi Palace:

Original Name: Topkapi Sarayi

Built: From 1459 to 1465

Architects: Mehmed II, Mimar Sinan, Alaüddin, Davud Ağa, Sarkis Balyan

Architectural Style: Ottoman and Baroque styles

Size: approximately 700,000 m2

Visitors: Over 3 Million visitors every year

Address: Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul - Turkey

What is Topkapi Palace

What is Topkapi Palace?

Topkapi Palace is the former imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years (1465-1856). Today, it is a museum that is open to the public. Visitors can explore the vast palace grounds, consisting of four main courtyards, and see the many rooms and chambers that were once used by the sultans and their families. It also contains an extensive collection of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armaments, and other priceless artifacts. The harem, which was the private residence of the sultan's family, is one of the most famous parts of the palace.

Who built Topkapi Palace

Who built Topkapi Palace?

Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror ordered the construction of the palace six years after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The first part of the building was completed in 1465. Until 1478 the palace was enlarged again and again. All Ottoman rulers endeavored to expand and enrich the complex over the centuries.

Why is Topkapi Palace famous

Why is Topkapi Palace famous?

Topkapi Palace is one of the most incredible places to visit in Istanbul. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but it's also steeped in history. It is famous for its rich past and significance as the seat of the Ottoman power for almost 400 years, its beautiful setting on the Bosphorus, and its fabulous architecture and collections. Highlights include the Imperial Treasury, with the magnificent 86-carat Spoonmaker's Diamond and Topkapi Dagger; the harem, where the sultan's wives and concubines lived; and the Sacred Relics room, which houses relics of the Prophet Muhammad. UNESCO announced the Topkapi Palace as a World Heritage Site in 1985, and it's not hard to see why.

The View of of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Architecture

Topkapi Palace is one of the most interesting and beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture. The palace is a maze of courtyards, gardens, and buildings, all surrounded by high walls and topped with ornate roofs. The architecture of the palace is a blend of Islamic, Turkish, and European influences. One of the most striking features of the palace is its massive size. The complex covers over 700 acres, making it one of the largest royal residences in the world.

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