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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Historical area of Istanbul-Topkapi Palace, Turkey

Card # 6
These postcard was sent to me by my friend Cuneyt Ozarikan

Topkapi palace was initial constructed by Faith Sultan Mehmet ll, in 1459. Is a offically residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years from 1465 to 1853. The palace containing of most holy relics of the Muslim such as prophet Muhammed's clock and sword. In 1985 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has four courtyards and home for many as 4,000 people. The complex has been expanded over the centuries, with many renovations such as after the 1509 earthquake and 1665 fire. It held mosques, a hospital, bakeries, and mint. Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance at the end of the 17th century, as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosporus. In 1921 after the end of Ottomon Sultan Empire, government transformed into a museum of the imperial era in April 3, 1924 and it's under the administration of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Even the palace has hundreds of chambers and room only important are allowed for the public today, guarded by offical and armed guards of Turkish military.

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