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Topkapi Palace - Istanbul
Topkapi Palace - Istanbul

Topkapi Palace Quick Guide

The palace of the sultans is the most comprehensive monument to Ottoman civil architecture. Apart from its architectural and historical interest it contains marvellous collections of porcelains, fabrics, swords, embellished manuscripts and artworks which once belonged to the Sultans. You could easily spend a whole day here. The palace is constructed on the site of the original settlement of Constantinople and is a collection of a number of smaller buildings. Apart from the residence of the sultans, the Topkapi was the seat of the executive and supreme juridical power of the Empire. It also had the best school and was served by the best artisans.

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