Topkapi Palace

Istanbul and Cultural Gems

The most exotic and wonderful place I’ve ever been is Istanbul. Istanbul’s cultural sites are cultural gems that have to be experienced to be appreciated. The Ottoman architecture such as the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque are thousands of years old, and hold  secrets of a time when beauty and embellishment were relished as important cultural gems. Mosiacs that take your breath away reflect a time when every detail was considered in constructing space. This year, Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace and the Sophia Museum were among Turkey’s top places for cultural visits. Read this blurb from the “Daily News.”

Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum and Ephesus in İzmir were the three places visited tourist sites in the first half of 2012, the Culture and Tourism Ministry has said, noting that it made over a billion Turkish Liras off of entrance fees around the country.

A total of 189 museums and 131 historical sites managed by the Culture and Tourism Ministry were visited by almost 13 million people in the first half of 2012, bringing in revenue amounting to 1.08 billion Turkish Liras, it said.

Topkapi Palace- Sultan's room

Topkapi Palace- Sultan's room


Topkapi Palace- Sultan's room

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If you are going to Istanbul, you must visit the Topkapi Palace. It is a masterful cultural gem of Turkey. This palace, which is a centerpiece of Ottoman culture was built in 1478, by Mehmet the Conqueror. It served as the center of Ottoman culture for 380 years. Istanbul and it’s cultural gems are rich in knitting today with a time thousands of years ago. The Turkish people are warm and inviting, and have traditions of craft and textiles that span thousands of years in a language that is embedded in pattern and texture. The bazaar is not to be missed, and will transport your senses into the realm of  beauty, history and splendor! Read the whole article here.




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