Topkapi Palace – Palace of Incredible Islamic Era.
As we know that Turkey has many tourist attractions that holds the history of the glory of Islam. Such as legendary Hagia Sophia, or Blue Mosque whose beauty is recognized worldwide. But in addition to the two famous places, there is one more place that are not less interesting, it is the Topkapi Palace.
Formerly Topkapi Palace was the center of the Turkish government. Topkapi Palace and Museum was built by Sultan Mehmed II, or also known as Sultan Muhammad Al-Fatih in 1460, and completely finished in 1478. The building was used as the official residence of the Ottoman Empire Dynasty until the mid-19th century.
Topkapi Palace of Turkey lies on the coast of the Bosphorus Strait and it is located not far from the Hagia Sophia. This palace in surrounded by a large wall. Within the walls there are buildings where the king, his family live.
In Topkapi Palace in Turkey we can enjoy the beauty of the empire building and its antiquity, ranging from ceramics to a variety of beautiful motifs, calligraphy that plastered on the walls of every room.
Here are the most interesting parts of the Topkapi Palace:
Harem of Topkapi Palace
One place that must not be missed in the topkapi palace is harem. The area was forbidden to be entered. This is the residence of the wives and mother of Sultan. The wives are taught to dance, embroider, and played several musical instruments. Except the sultan, Women in Harem of Topkapi Palace should not be seen by others. They are heavily guarded.
Sacred Relics of Topkapi Palace
This is a place where the relics of the Islamic prophets exhibited. For Muslims, this is a very valuable historical heritage. Many lessons can be taken, one of which is able to remind us that Islam ever on top of its victorious era. This room was once the sultan’s private room. Visitor unfortunately forbidden to take pictures inside this area.
Topkapi Palace complex surrounded by a fortress along 5 kilometer with an outstanding total area, 70 hectare. Because its huge area, Topkapi Palace became the world’s second largest palace after Versailles palace in France.
It is quite exhausting exploring all area of Topkapi Palace, however it all will be paid after see the high art antiquity they have since hundred years ago!
Topkapi complex is indeed very huge, it takes time and extra energy if you want to see everything here. Topkapi palace complex consists of several layers which are intended to ensure the safety and comfort of the sultan and his family.
Now the palace included in the UNESCO cultural heritage sites of the UN in 1985 under the management of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, with the custody of Turkish Military.
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Pictures of Topkapi Palace