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"Alay Kosku" Alay Kosku Tip by leics

Alay Kosku, Istanbul: 2 reviews and 5 photos

  Alay Kosku
by leics
  • Alay Kosku - Istanbul
      Alay Kosku
    by leics
  • - Istanbul
  • - Istanbul

Alay Kosku...the Sultan's Parade Pavilion...was originally built onto the outer walls of Topkapi Palace for the Sultan and his guests to watch parades from behind caged windows.

It is opposite the Bab-i-Ali, the 'Sublime Porte', which, from the 1600s, was the entrance to the centre of the Ottoman empire (although an actual gate was not erected there until 1843). Anyone in Alay Kosku could see exactly who entered or left the city without being seen themselves, which was no doubt very useful. I believe one sultan also used it to take potshots at random passersby with his crossbow.

You'll pass Alay Kosku on the right as you walk down Taya Hatan Sok towards Sirkeci and the Golden Horn waterfront. Just follow the tramlines down to Eminonu.

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2015
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