Monday, June 28, 2010

// foto focus // topkapi palace istanbul

Besides the spectacular Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace was one of my favourite sights in Istanbul. Situated high above the Bosporus, surrounded by parks and flowers, it gives you an impression of the opulent life at the palace of the ottoman sultans, who ruled their empire for almost 400 years.







The most fascinating part, besides the great views over Istanbul and the wonderful gardens, is definitley the Harem. Harem means actually "private", so you catch a glimpse at the glamour of the private apartments of the ruling family. Amazing!







The masterpice of the Harem, the audience hall. Isn't it wonderful?



Details of the beautiful decoreated tiles and doors.


Pictures all by me

6 comments:

  1. Truly stunning...The detailing of those places is so special and the whole vibe is increadible:) Thanks so much for those photos,sweetie:) Hope you had a wonderful weekend:)
    Muah

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  2. beautiful photos! i'd love to visit istanbul.

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  3. Wow these are amazing shot of an interesting place to visit.
    Thanks for sharing
    Are you from Germany? which part?

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  4. Thanks so much for you nice comments. Happy you like the pictures. Turkey is an amazing place!
    @luludandunia: yes, I am from Germany, born and raised in Frankfurt!
    Viele Grüsse, Kristina

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  5. I love Istanbul. Haven't been in a long time but this post brought back memories.

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  6. i wish i entered the Topkapi Palace! Unfortunately it was closed when I went. The Palace is closed every Tuesday (a note to every future traveler there). And Tuesday was my last day there. Pretty pictures from the Palace! =))

    mfG.

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