Topkapi Palace Museum Audio Tour
Topkapi Palace was the official and primary Istanbul residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853, and was considered to be the crown jewel and the heart of the Ottoman Empire. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, it was home to as many as 4,000 people, as well as a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments.
Emperors have left their marks on the palace throughout the centuries, adding new building extensions, enriching the treasury, or equipping the palace with precious handwritten books, porcelein artifacts and similar works of art. On 3 April 1924, by the authority of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, the Topkapi Palace became a museum.
Spread over an area of 700 thousand square meters and surrounded by gardens and wooden lodges in the past, the part of the palace which was turned into a museum now covers an area of 80 thousand square meters. Today, Topkapi Palace is a major tourist attraction. Its Ottoman-architecture buildings, various collections and 1001 different traditions are like windows opening to a glorious past.
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