Topkapı Palace

A Brief History of Topkapı Palace

Topkapi Palace, the Great Palace of the Ottoman Sultans is the most extensive and fascinating monument of Ottoman civil architecture in existence and one of the must-see attractions in Istanbul that combines The Harem, The Treasury with the Spoonmaker’s diamond (also known Kasikci Diamond) which is the pride of the Palace. The Topkapi Palace is surrounded by five kilometers (3.1 miles) of stone wall, which dates back to the 15th century, is situated on a hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. At one time it was an official royal residence of the Ottoman Empire sultans and seat of Turkish government, but now a museum that is considered to be the largest and oldest palace in the world. It will take 10 minutes by tram to go the palace from Grand Anka Hotel.