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Museum of Archaeology

Museum of Archaeology Although there had been a haphazardly arranged museum of sorts first in the Church of Hagia Eirene and then in the Tiled Pavilion since 1846, it wasn't until the archaeologist Osman Hamdi…

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archeological Museum The Past Uncovered Housed in a triptych of buildings on the hillside below Topkapi Palace, the Istanbul Archeology Museum contains a treasure trove of finds both from abroad and from the city's…

Fourth Courtyard

Fourth Courtyard The gardens From the back of the third courtyard ramps lead down to a set of gardens and terraces. On the right-hand side stand the Sofa Mosque, built by Sultan Mahmud II for…

Portraits of the Sultans

Portraits of the Sultans The crush is likely to be less in the Chamber of the Royal Pages, a lovely dormitory for the young men studying in the palace that had been created by closing…

The Treasury

The Treasury Continuing round the courtyard you come to one of the oldest remaining parts of the palace, a suite of rooms including a bathhouse used by Sultan Mehmed II where Sultan Selim II later…

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Imperial Kaftans

Imperial Kaftans Turning right from the gate you will come to the Seferli Odasi, which is now used to house a splendid collection of kaftans worn by sultans right back to Sultan Mehmed II, their…

Third courtyard

Third courtyard Pause now to consider the unlikely purpose once served by the third courtyard which was primarily a large school for civil servants when it was first built. The teenage boys who studied here…