Sunday, 18 January 2009

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace seen from the Bosphorus Strait

Topkapi Palace was the home of the rulers of Istanbul from the mid-1400s to some time in the 19th century. The palace generally comes recommended as one of the prime tourist attractions of Istanbul. For me, personally, it wasn't an earth shattering experience visiting the palace, but it does have a commanding position overlooking the Bospherus strait and there are some good exhibits inside (photography not allowed). But the palace is difficult to take pictures of, since there is not one defining building (like for instance Versailles) but rather a sprawling complex of connected buildings. Nevertheless I did do my best to capture the atmosphere of the place,:

Gateway to the palace

The Gate of Felicity leading to the third courtyard, which was off limits to all but the royal family and their closest servants

Member of what is probably some revival Ottoman Military Band playing and singing songs for the tourists

Another band member. This guy does not look very Turkish to me.

Even if you dress in all-black yourself doesn't mean you can't talk pictures of guys in colourful uniforms

A corner of the royal library

Colourful flowers inside the Palace gardens

A pavillion and a small pool

Nitoli enjoying the great views of the Bospherus from the palace gardens

Also a great view to the Galata Tower

The local men and boys actually bathe in the water, as you see here. I don't think it's very clean, but hey back home in India people also bathe in the polluted Ganges

The road leading from the palace back into the hustle and bustle of the city

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