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Topkapı Sarayı

Topkapi Palace has also been the setting for a few caper movies. Topkapi (1964) is the oldest and won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Peter Ustinov); the second film is a sequel of The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan and is scheduled to be released in 2009.
I’m afraid my movie won’t [...]

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As mentioned in the first part, the First Courtyard was the most public one, and therefore not really considered as being part of the Topkapi Palace.
But the deeper you go into the palace, the less accessible it was for the people of the Ottoman Empire. Where the Second Courtyard was already semi-public (see Topkapi Palace [...]

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After buying your tickets, you are entitled to enter the palace. For your convenience, I added a ground plan of the palace in this post. When you click on it, a bigger version will become available. While discussing the different locations and items inside the palace you’ll find numbers between brackets after their names. These [...]

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Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı) is undoubtedly one of Istanbul’s top tourist attractions. Strategically located on Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu) in the historical part of Istanbul, it has been the heart of the Ottoman Empire and the residence of the sultans and their woman of the Harem for over three centuries, until Sultan Abdülmecid in 1853 decided [...]

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