"Fourth Courtyard" Topkapi Palace Tip by nicolaitan

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul: 277 reviews and 656 photos

  View from Seraglio Point
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  • View from Seraglio Point - Istanbul
      View from Seraglio Point
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      Mediciye Kiosk
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The innermost courtyard of the Topkapi Palace is in many ways a letdown after the preceding courtyards. It served as an ultra-private refuge for the Sultan and his family and contains several kiosks built by multiple rulers over the centuries, some named after architectural style or recent military campaigns (Baghdad) as well as the residence of the palace physician and a circumcision room. The newest was added by Sultan Abdul Mecid I in 1840 known as the Grand or Mecidiye kiosk and occupies the premier position on the Seraglio Point overlooking the Bosphorus, Golden Horn, and Sea of Marmara. The style is Ottoman with European touches and it was occasionally used for distinguished foreign visitors as well as a place of relaxation for the Sultan. Today a promenade overlooks the water and serves as the entrance to the upscale Konyali restaurant. The most exciting part of this courtyard is the view from the walkway above the outdoor restaurant - not to be missed, and the best reason for exploring this far into the palace.

Address: Sultanahmet
Phone: +90 212 512 0480
Website: http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en

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  • Written Mar 14, 2009
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