- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
It probably needs no introduction, considering its legendary beauty. Topkapi Palace, the palace of a thousand and one nights . Built in the 15th Century for Sultan Mehmet II, it was, until the construction of Dolmabahçe, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Topkapi's location is strategic, as it overlooks the Bosphorus, the Maramara Sea and the Golden Horn.
In 1924, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the palace was turned into a musuem. It exhibits some of the most opulent and incredible objects. One thing I didn't expect to see was the Rod of Moses or David's Sword in the Chamber of the Sacred Relics! Plenty of other religious relics and Ottoman treasures are also on display.
Even though the entry fee might make you think twice, you really shouldn't miss out this incredible visit during your holiday in Turkey! The beauty of the gardens and the amazing mosaics at Topkapi bear little resemblance to the other Ottaman vestiges you will see.