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Topkapı Palace

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The Topkapı Palace is one of the leading museums in Istanbul. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. The complex was expanded over the centuries, however, later sultans preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosphorus, and the Topkapı became the imperial treasury, library and mint.

After the end of the Ottoman Empire, the Topkapı was transformed into a museum in 1924. The museum collection includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armour, miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts.

Among the many exhibits in the Topkapı Palace, the following are highlights:

  • Topkapı Palace

To help you better appreciate the Topkapı Palace the following guides will be helpful:

Essential Facts:

  • Name:             Topkapı Palace
  • City:                 Istanbul
  • Country:         Turkey
  • Type:               Palace, History & Art Museum
  • Location:       Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey


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