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Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi Sarayı ( Topkapi Palace ), built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the Sultan’s Palace, consists of an extensive collection of buildings arranged around several interconnecting courtyards. Beautifully located in one of the seven hills of Istanbul, with panoramic views of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, was the seat of the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries.

The home of about 3,000 people, served as royal residence, harem, state administration and military barracks. One of the most popular sections is the harem, once the quarters of about 300 women who were wives of the sultans and concubines and their children.

Visitors can see the apartments, halls and terraces of the harem, and see the bedroom sumptuous royal and imperial Hall. No expense was spared in the decoration of palaces and beautiful rooms, fountains and bridges very detailed, and the magnificent Treasury, housing the largest collection of treasures in the world, provides an overview of lifestyle sumptuous sultans of the Ottoman Empire.

Address: Topkapi Sarayi, Sultanahmet Tel: (212) 512 0480  Hours: Open daily except Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission U.S. $ 10 -15 depending on exchange rates, concessions available. The Harem can only be visited on a guided tour and a separate ticket is required

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