Postcard from Topkapi Palace

July 31, 2014 in Places,Postcards,Turkey

Although most of my time in Istanbul was spent just enjoying the city–riding the ferries, eating as much baklava as humanly possible, wandering around new neighborhoods in the sunshine–my very first stop was Topkapi Palace. Mostly, it was because my mother had seen it on a travel show (on the “Wealth Network”– ha!) and sent me an email to check it out.Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, TurkeyTurns out, Mother does know best. Topkapi Palace was one of the most beautifully opulent, luxuriously detailed places I’ve ever visited–on par with Versailles outside of Paris and Grand Palace in Bangkok. The bonus was the gorgeous turquoise tile work: turquoise is my favorite color and I’ve long been obsessed with Islamic art, so I couldn’t tear myself away from the walls and windows. Like any popular tourist site, it’s a bit overpriced and overcrowded–especially in the rooms filled with “riches”–but the gardens are well-tended and there are sweeping views over the Bosphorus. Even if you just have an hour to explore, it’s a can’t-miss in Istanbul!

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What’s your favorite photo of Topkapi Palace? 

 

  • Briel79

    It looks so beautiful there. I love all of the blues and I just want to lounge and read a book in that second picture! :)

  • As always, I can’t choose. I love them all!

  • love&limoncello

    Very very gorgeous. I love turquoise. Counting down the weeks until I get to visit the wonderful Istanbul.

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  • Loved the Topkapi Palace. The huge emeralds, the diamonds and the golden throne were jaw-opening beautiful…

  • camorose

    Right? Such a gorgeous place!

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