The Topkapi palace in Istanbul:

Updated: Dec 13, 2019


Topkapi palace

The Topkapi is the oldest palace in Istanbul where civilizations passed and empires were eradicated

Today, it stands there as the most valuable witness of the events which took place in the world's most important city.


The history of the construction of Topkapi:

Topkapi Palace was built by order of the Sultan Mehmet II in 1459 and was built on the ruins of a Byzantine fortress in a privileged location of the city overlooking both the Bosporus and the Golden Horn Bay. 

It was built with the help of the best architects and was initially named the new palace, or "Yeni Saray" back then.

This palace remained the seat of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and most of them added their own modifications during this period.


Topkapi today

The palace, which is now in its final form, was built by the order of the Sultan Abdul Aziz in the 19th century, where the main entrance bearing the seal of Sultan Mehmed II, the date of its creation, and the date of its return was restored.


The design of the palace and its contents

The Topkapi Palace or Topkapi Museum consists of several buildings and sections including three courtyards and the Sultan Square, the Haremlik section, the kitchen, the mother's pavilion, baths, the arms square, the Majlis Hall, the Andiron entrance where there are treasures galleries, the halls of the sultans and manuscripts in addition to the Hall of the Holy Shrines.

The Topkapi Palace was surrounded by approximately 13 doors, several of which belonged to the Byzantine Empire, but today there are not much left.

Today, this palace is one of the most important tourist places in Istanbul and attracts tourists from all over the world. 


The location of the palace and nearby areas is an attracting point for foreign investment, especially in the field of real estate investment in Turkey, where many of them want to buy or own properties and apartments in Istanbul in locations that are close to the Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Square.

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