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"Second Court" Istanbul Ili Things to Do Tip by Jmill42

Istanbul Ili Things to Do: 154 reviews and 562 photos

  Looking at the Divan
by Jmill42

The Second Court is where the Sultan entertained foreign leaders and when you enter, to your left is the Divan room where the meetings took place. Its lavish seating is flanked by the Harem entrance.

My friends who are from Istanbul and who were showing me around told me that the seeing the Harem is not worth it. It is an extra cost and the lines are very long and you are only allowed to go with a guide that will show you few of the 300 rooms. Unfortunately, that is the only way in.

To the right is the palace kitchens and it is full of old artifacts like pots and fabulously ornate dishes. It is worth a peak.

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  • Written Feb 11, 2006
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