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Why the Topkapi Museum Has Stunned Me!
Undoubtedly, the peak of my entire Istanbul travel experience has peaked during my visit to the revered Topkapi Museum.
The complex holds the most amazing collection of historical artifacts, precious metals and gemstones that I've ever seen!
Istanbul's Topkapi Palace was the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (between 1465-1856).
Today, the complex hosts a museum containing vast amounts of treasures, even historical and holy relics. Extremely rare, special items.
I saw large numbers of huge diamonds, emeralds, even a large golden throne, as well as various other valuable objects.
The artifacts were stunning, but unfortunately taking photos in the interiors was prohibited. So, I won't be able to depict them for you.
The Topkapi's entrance gate - The Gate of Salutation
I was astonished at the sight of a bucket load of apple-sized huge green emeralds.
Exposed you will also see a number of large diamonds sparklingly reflecting the light and, there's even a large ceremonial throne made of gold!
Because I wasn't allowed to take photographs inside the Topkapi Museum's Imperial Treasury, I suggest you these web resources containing photos: Guide Martine and this one (apparently nameless resource).
What I've found especially special were the historical relics and objects with no perceivable material value, but tremendous spiritual/religious/cultural value: Prophet Mohammed's beard and his tooth relic, even Moses' staff.
Beautiful and complex artwork on one of the buildings
The Topkapi Museum's collection of historical artifacts and the rich treasury has stunned me.
But let's not neglect the buildings themselves either! The embellishments on them are so alluring and diverse. The exteriors and interiors are both well-maintained.
My photos only depict a tiny part of the exteriors...
It's not allowed to take photos inside and I see that even in the resources available on the internet, the depictions of the treasures and artifacts are scarce and consist mostly of old and poor quality photos.
A terrace near the Baghdad Kiosk building
One of several fountains
Interesting pent-roof of the so-called Audience Chamber
Examining the pent-roof from closer...
One of the internal yards
Exit from Topkapi through the Imperial Gate
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