The Construction of the Topkapi Palace started in 1459, just shortly after the Ottomans conquered the Byzantine Empire. This palace served as the residence and the administrative headquarters to Ottoman sultans for 400 years. In full swing, the palace grounds housed bakeries, mosques, a hospital, a mint, and over 4,000 people.

The palace is absolutely beautiful with well-maintained and unique landscaping and intricate tile and stone detail. There are several rooms displaying clothing, dishes, thrones, jewelry, keepsakes, and many religious relics like Muhammed’s sword and cloak. The Topkapi Palace in one word… awesome.