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Topkapi Palace - Istanbul  
   

Topkapi Palace - Istanbul

Just one area inside the walls of this Ottoman residence. It was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, from 1465 to 1853. It was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments as well as the harem. The palace is a complex made up of four main courtyards and many buildings. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people, and covered a larger area with a long shoreline. Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance at the end of the 17th century, as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosporus. See more info on the palace at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topkap%C4%B1_Palace Note: The woman in this picture is probably a tourist from Egypt.
Western Turkey

August 9th 2008
Our flight from Cairo to Istanbul was easy and we enjoyed Egypt Air except that I think it was the most turbulent we have ever encountered! The airport in Istanbul was mobbed with incoming visitors but was fairly efficient. It already felt like a different world! Getting from the airport into the tourist part of the city proved easy also using the super efficient tram system there. I have to sa ... read more
Middle East » Turkey

Turkish Flag Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
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