Topkapı Palace, the Great Palace of the Ottoman Sultans, is the most extensive and fascinating monument of Ottoman Civil architecture in existence. In addition to its architectural and historical interest, it contains, as a museum, superb and unrivaled collections of porcelains, Armour, fabrics, jewels, illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy and many objects of art formerly belonging to the sultans. A cursory visit requires several hours; to know it thoroughly many weeks would hardly suffice.
Meet with Your FEST Travel guide in front of the Topkapı Palace Gates. The Enderûn Library (Enderûn Kütüphanesi), also known as “Library of Sultan Ahmed III”.
The First Courtyard (I. Avlu or Alay Meydanı), The large Gate of Salutation (Bâb-üs Selâm), The Imperial Harem (Harem-i Hümayûn) occupied one of the sections of the private apartments of the sultan, The Imperial Council (Dîvân-ı Hümâyûn) building is the chamber in which the ministers of state, council ministers, Imperial Gate which is main street leading to the palace is the Byzantine processional Mese Avenue, Imperial Stables located on the other side of the courtyard, Imperial Treasury with a vast collection of works of art, jewelry, heirlooms of sentimental value and money belonging to the Ottoman dynasty, Second Courtyard (II. Avlu), or Divan Square, the Tower of Justice (Adalet Kulesi) which is located between the Imperial Council and the Harem.