The Topkapi Palace

The Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı), usually spelled "Topkapi" in English, is a palace in Istanbul, Turkey, which was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign.

   
Different views from the actual Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and is a major tourist attraction today, containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword.Topkapı Palace is among those monuments belonging to the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described in Criterion iv as "the best example[s] of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period."

   
The Topkapi Palace as presented in Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival 2010

You can visit a detailed giant sized model of Topkapi Palace in Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival. The Topkapi Palace in Festival will also host some demonstrations of royal ceremonies played by professional actors/actresses in their authentic costumes.

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