Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
71Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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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!