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Topkapi Palace Diamond – Spoonmaker’s Diamond

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Topkapi Palace Diamond – Spoonmaker’s Diamond The most important section of the Topkapi Palace, the Treasury lies in the third courtyard. And one of the most important items of the Treasury is in the fourth room. It is the breathtaking Spoonmaker’s Diamond: an 86-carat diamond surrounded by 49 smaller diamonds. There are stories and rumors about the diamond, some very ... Read More »

Topkapi Palace Guide

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Topkapi Palace Guide Locate related articles at the bottom of the page for more detailed historical information about Topkapi Palace and Topkapi Palace Harem! The first buildings of the Topkapi Palace, the primary and official residence of Ottoman sultans, were constructed after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, between 1460 and 1478, by order of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror ... Read More »

Topkapi Palace Harem

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Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace, which was used as the administrative and domicile center of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, is the oldest and largest palace that has survived up until today. It was built by the conqueror of Istanbul, Mehmed II, between the years 1458-1478, and it was up until the 19th century that other extensions were made by ... Read More »

History of Topkapi Palace

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Topkapi Palace Museum Topkapi Palace, which was used as the administrative and domicile center of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, is the oldest and largest palace that has survived up until today. It was built by the conqueror of Istanbul, Mehmed II, between the years 1458-1478, and it was up until the 19th century that other extensions were ... Read More »

Chora Museum – Complete Guide (Mosaics, Frescoes and History)

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You might want to check-out “Chora Museum – Basic Guide” for simplified information! The Chora Museum, located in Edirnekapi, is one of the original structures of East Roman art with its architecture, mosaics and frescoes. It was converted into a mosque during the era of Bayezid II in the year 1511. However, it was used as a mosque for 434 years without ... Read More »

How to Bargain in Istanbul

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Bargaining is a traditional old way to buy something in Turkey. Fortunately, it is not common as it was before now. As a visitor to Istanbul you might need a few tips and what to be aware of . First of all, after a few days you will notice many shops are selling similar items, so you have a chance ... Read More »

Vegetarian Restaurants in Istanbul

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Vegetarian Restaurants in Istanbul Did you know thаt thе Turkiѕh сulturе iѕ one of the fеw cultures аrоund thе wоrld where it iѕ only considered hospitable when thе hоѕt рауѕ fоr thе meal? In fасt, thе соnсерt оf guеѕtѕ рауing оr even ѕрlitting the bill is tоtаllу unknоwn аnd unассерtеd. Only way to repay thе hоѕt is tо treat him ... Read More »

The Bosphorus Through The Eyes Of European Travelers

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With the development of transportation in the early 19th century, european artists, writers and historians who had previously ventured at most to Italy and Greece started flocking to Istanbul, gateway to the east and to discover the mysterious orient. The famous French writer, politician and diplomat, François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), got a chance to see Istanbul in 1806. Here is ... Read More »

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