Following the conquest
of Istanbul, between 1459
and 1465, Mehmet II built the Topkapi Palace as
his principal residence and seat of government.
The site is like a separate town with its own
fortifications. Inside, among courtyards, gardens,
pools and fountains there are both public and
private buildings, chambers, kiosks and pavilions.
of the collections housed at the museum include Ceramics, Glass, Silverware,
Imperial Costumes, Arms and Armor, Miniatures and Manuscripts and
The famous Treasury contains one of the the richest
collections of treasures in the world.
Many gold and silver objects are displayed, most are embellished with
precious stones. Don't miss the 86-carat spoonmakers diamond and the
Kanjar, 14 inch emerald encrusted dagger. The famous movie Topkapi starring Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov was filmed in here in 1964.