Friday, August 21, 2009

Topkapi Palace

Because of some distractions at this point in the tour, I did not take too many photos. Also, the treasury and 'Apartments" were not allowed to be photographed, so that also accounted for lack of photos. Just trust me when I say, that the Palace was quite elaborate, originally built as an Imperial residence by Fatih Mehmet in 1462, which he called the "House of Felicity". It was used until 1853, and then was more or less abandoned until 1924, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk inaugurated it as a museum.

One of the buildings within the compound

The exterior walls and ceilings were also elaborately painted

Another area of the compound (believe the harem lived here)

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