"Gate of Salutations" Topkapi Palace Tip by nicolaitan
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul: 277 reviews and 656 photos
The entrance to the palace proper is through the Gate of Salutations, today the location of security and ticket sales, constructed initially in 1524 by Suleyman the Magnificent with numerous minor alterations over the next century. Only the Sultan and his mother were allowed to pass this gate on horseback, all others having to dismount and salute the sultan, hence the name. Only palace residents, foreign ambassadors, and those on official business were allowed entry.
The two eight sided pointed towers are unusual for Ottoman architecture, more Byzantine, and some experts feel this gate is a copy of the Cannon Gate ( Gate of St. Barbara ) for which the palace is named. The Cannon Gate was the palace entrance at seaside, since destroyed. The Gate of Salutations is decorated with symbols and writings of the sultans, the earliest dating to 1542.
The octagonal towers served as accomodation for those condemned to execution by beheading.
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