Topkapi Palace

The famous Ottoman historian Evliya Celebi describes the
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) as “the loveliest sultanate palace that human
skill could have created. One can not help doing anything but ruling if living
in here! If you can come out of this complex game that is made of terraces,
corridors, stairs and interior courts; you find yourself in the world of
Arabian Nights again. The palace once Ottoman Sultans lived is visited by
thousands of visitors from all parts of the world, is the most splendid monument
of Istanbul.

The palace had a concept peculiar to the East, accommodating
several qualities in it: The residence of the Sultan and the center of a world
empire, the religious center of half of the world and the stage that incredible
intrigues displayed, the focus of cruel murders and the cradle of breathtaking
successes. Once, 4,000-5,000 people used to live in Topkapi Palace. This was a
city in the city. Fatih Sultan Mehmet decided to have a vast palace built to