-Tekfur Sarayı- Built in the 12th and 13th centuries and wedged between the inner and outer defensive walls of the city, this palace was thought to be an extension of the nearby Blachernae complex. Today only one façade of this building remains, but it is well preserved and gives some idea of what the palace might have looked like. In the years following the Ottoman Conquest, the building housed the sultan’s exotic menagerie, including elephants and giraffes, before serving as a brothel and ultimately a ceramics workshop.
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