"Topkapi Palace - Sublime Beauty (2)" Topkapi Palace Tip by mightywease

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In the third courtyard are the Treasury (see separate tip) and Pavilion of the Holy Mantle. The latter contains some of Islam?s most holy relics including the mantle of the Prophet Mohammed, hairs from the Prophets beard, an impression of his footprint and a letter written by him. It is a place of pilgrimage with verses from the Koran being constantly chanted. Visitors are asked to respect this and speak and act quietly when in the pavilion. In a neighbouring room is a very interesting exhibition of portraiture depicting each Sultan, though as these portraits were not commissioned until a couple of centuries after the first Sultan some of the early representations are based on a template rather than the individual Sultan.

The Fourth courtyard contains a series of beautifully decorated pavilions including the Baghdad Pavilion decorated with blue and white tiles and the gold canopy of the Iftariye Pavilion from where there are wonderful views over the Golden Horn. Indeed the views over the Golden Horn, Bosphorus and the Sea of Mamara are quite stunning. The third courtyard also contains some lovely terraces and gardens, perfects for a wander or a relaxing rest stop,

Walking round Topkapi Palace is a serene experience, even when busy it retains an air of stillness and tranquillity. There are many small alleys and walkways where you can find a quiet place to yourself or simply sit in one of the small gardens observing the traffic of people. You may just find the atmosphere starts to work on you to create a soothing sense of inner calm that stays with you after you?ve walked out through the palace gates and back into the bustle of Sultanahmet.

Address: Babihumayun Cad.
Directions: Nearest Tram Stop: Sultanahmet
Phone: +90 212 512 0480
Website: http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en

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  • Written Nov 4, 2006
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