Topkapi Palace

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Hotel Nena

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Friday, July 8, 2011

While Greg worked on the blog and relaxed in the cool interior of our hotel, Kerrie wandered off (she never can sit still for long) to explore the Topkapi Palace as she had been told it was one of the must do sites of Istanbul. Even though it was very hot the walk down to the Palace only took about 10 minutes and if you stayed in the shade it was fine.

The Topkapı Palace was the official residence in the city of the Sultans for approximately 400 years. The palace is a major tourist attraction today, containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword. The complex is guarded by officials and armed guards with sub-machine guns. The palace is full of examples of Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasure and jewellery. The gardens are beautifully manicured and provide a cool oasis for the hundreds of tourists.

The Harem  occupied one of the sections of the private apartments of the sultan; it contained more than 400 rooms. The harem was home to the sultan's mother, the concubines and wives of the sultan; and the rest of his family, including children; and their servants and of course, the harem eunichs.The harem consists of a series of buildings and structures, connected through hallways and courtyards. There was no trespassing beyond the gates of the harem. This part of the palace was beautifully decorated and had magnificent views - just as well I guess because once you got in there, you were there for good!

As I walked out of the harem (lucky to escape I say) I  was met with with the sound of pounding drums and enthusiastic singing. While I was inside a group of performers in traditional dress had gathered.

I left the palace complex and returned to Greg at the hotel. His blogging was finished so I guess this now becomes the official last entry, Greg has often said that I like to have the last word!

It's over now!
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team-elephant on

This was supposed to be your R&R!!! Take it easy on your return to the GC. Love Jo.

Chris on

Thanks for all the blogs. I am looking forward to hearing some stories first hand in the coming weeks.

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