12/14/11

Museum of Topkapı Palace, Turkey






Topkapı Palace, which is one of the oldest palaces in the world ...

...served as the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire for some 400 years. Built on the tip of the Istanbul peninsula, the palace stands on an exclusive point overlooking the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Unlike European palaces, Topkapı Palace comprises numerous structures and its various pavilions and apartments, each of which is an exquisite example of Ottoman civic architecture, give it the appearnace of a small city. The palace has been serving as a museum since 1924 and its exhibits are among the world's masterpieces.

http://www.discoverislamicart.org/pc_item.php?id=monument;ISL;tr;Mon01;24;en

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