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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul: 275 reviews and 646 photos

Bab-i Humayun Main Entrance Gate and after that you will see the big patio and you will aririve the ticket office.Please check the photos.TOPKAPI PALACE ,whose first pavillions were built between 1475 and 1478 by Mehmet II,the conqueror of Istanbul,served as the residence of the sultan and administrative seat of the Ottoman empire for 400 years.
The palace you see today is not product the single plan but grew gradually.The Ottomans added land walls to the sea walls buþlt by the Byzantines.

The Palace,a city within a larger city,was composed of roughly two parts :ENDERUN and BIRUN

The ENDERUN was the private residence of the sultan and his close associates,while the BIRUN housed the goverment,the administration,adn services related to palace.

Around the inner walls of the palace were the outer court and gardens that provided a broad zone of security of palace.


GULHANE PARK:The Gulhane Decree, which listed the sultan's obligations to his subjects and was thestarting point of the Ottoman modenisation and reform,was proclaimed in this part of the outer gardens of the palace in 1839.Today it is a public park.

FIRST COURTYARD :This area between the main gate of the inner walls,the Gate of peace,where the inhabitans of the palace met regularly,was a city square as crowded as any other Istanbul.

EXECUTIONER'S FOUNTAIN AND THE STONES OF ADMONITIONS :It s on the corner of the Gate of Peace (BAB-I SAADET) Heads severed during executionsheld in front of the Gate were displayed here and the executioners washed their sword in the nearby fountain.

THE GOTHS' COLUMN :Erected in 4th century to commemorate victory over the GOTHS this
15 metre-high column was once topped by a statue of Byzas.The Latin scripts at the top reads " to the return of the fortune after our výctory over the Goths."

Address: Sultanahmet
Phone: +90 212 512 0480

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2007
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