Archeology Museum and Topkapi Palace
Trip Start May 09, 2010
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I finally found Topkapi Palace which was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years
Initial construction began in 1459 but it was built on top of the ancient Greek city of Byzantion and there still remains an underground Byzantine cistern which has been partly excavated. So we see one civilization building on top of the next civilization....
The palace consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people.
There were crowds and crowds of people here (including school outings) and it was hard to get a look at the jewellery and costume exhibits. The Harem was more interesting and less crowded as you had to pay again to get in here. The opulence and workmanship in every nook and cranny was extraordinary
Well, as you can imagine, I was exhausted after all this walking and brain exercise so I came back to the hotel and crashed. I think I am now officially museumed out!!!
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