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 […]

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The district of Üsküdar is one of Istanbul’s oldest-established residential areas. Looking down the Golden Horn to where it joins the Bosphorus and flows into the Marmara we see the fabled Maiden’s Tower, the little islet watchtower which stands at the confluence of the city’s garland of waters. Beyond, on the Asian shore, the after […]

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