Our first full day in Turkey was very relaxing and we felt pretty good - only mildly jetlagged. We began the day with breakfast at a corner cafe down from our apartment and then we spent the greater part of the day at Topkapi Palace.
Originally built by the conquerer of Constantinople, Mehmed II in 1465, Topkapi Palace was used as the primary residence of the Sultans and place of the Ottoman court until 1856 when the European-styled palace Dolmabache was completed. We visited Dolmabache our on our last day in Turkey and Topkapi was definitely my favorite of the two. The architecture and details are unique to any thing I have seen previously and exquisitely beautiful to mine eye.
|Jonah waiting on daddy to get tickets|
|Inside the Harem|
|Our beauties amongst the beautiful tile work|
|This was my favorite room - ironically, I think this is the "queens" living chamber|
|I love this picture - and it's not posed!|
|Another example of an artfully decorated dome|
|Mother of pearl insets this cabinet surrounded |
with marble and tile
|An example of one of many stained glass windows|
|Elisabeth at the cafe|
|An inner courtyard with fountain|
|My trying to get artistic with my photography|
|The Bosphorous from Topkapi Palace|
|Looking down on the cafe |
where we ate lunch earlier in the day
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