Topkapi Palace, The crown Jewel of the Ottoman Empire - Download Your Audio Guide
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Tour Description: Considered to be the crown jewel and the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace was the official and primary Istanbul residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, it was home to as many as 4,000 people, as well as a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. With 65 tracks and almost one and a half hours of recorded content, this is the most comprehensive Topkapi Palace tour available anywhere.
Tracks on This Tour: 100) Entrance, 101) Main entrance to the palace and the first court, 102) Mehter band, 103) Classical Ottoman piece played with authentic instruments, 110) Royal Kitchens, 111) Porcelain collection, 112) Silver Collection, 120) Bab-us Saade - Gate of Felicity, 121) The Chamber of Petitions - the audience room, 122) The Library of Ahmed III, 123) Sultan's Clothes, 130) Fourth place, 131) Mecidiye Kiosk, 132) Ismail Dede Efendi (Music) neo-classical Ottoman composer, 133) Marble Terrace and the Revan Kiosk, 140) Head physicians's pavilion, 141) Stone Throne, 150) Sofa Kiosk, 151) Pavilion for breaking fast, 152) Baghdad Kiosk, 153) Circumcision Room, 160) Sultan's Private chamber and holy items, 161) Hall with the Fountain, 162) Destimal (handkerchief) Room, 163) Arzhane, 164) Hirka-i Saadet - The Holy Mantle, 170) Portrait gallery, 180) Armory, 185) Divan (Council Hall) or Kubbealt1G(under the tower), 300) Treasury, 311) Thrones and Symbols of Sovereignty, 312) Throne of Nadir Shah, 313) Golden Ceremony Throne, 314) The Ebony Throne, 315) First room, Seal of Sultan Selim, 321) Second room, 322) Jug, 323) Relics of St. John the Baptist, 331) Third room, 332) Jewelled Binding of Murad III's Divan, 333) Helmet, 334) Golden Candlesticks, 341) Fourth room - Sword of Prophet Osman, 342) Dagger and yataghan, 343) Kashioggi diamond, 344) Topkapi dagger, 500) Harem, 508) The quarters of Mother Sultan, 510) Eunuchs' Courtyard, 511) Dormitory of the Harem Eunuchs, 512) Main Door, 513) Passage of concubines, 514) Courtyard of concubines and treasurykeepers, 515) The courtyard of the Mother Sultan, 516) Baths, 517) Imperial Hall, 518) The Private chamber of Ahmet III, 519) Twin Pavilions, 520) Courtyard of Favorite Concubines, 521) Golden Path, 522) Private Chamber of Murad III, 523) Private Chamber of Ahmet I, 525) Private Chamber of Abdulhamid, 526) The courtyard and Kiosk of Osman III, 527) Chamber of Selim III.
Emperors have left their marks on the palace throughout the centuries, adding new building extensions, enriching the treasury, or equipping the palace with precious handwritten books, porcelein artifacts and similar works of art. On 3 April 1924, by the authority of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, the Topkapi Palace became a museum.
Spread over an area of 700 thousand square meters and surrounded by gardens and wooden lodges in the past, the part of the palace which was turned into a museum now covers an area of 80 thousand square meters. Today, Topkapi Palace is a major tourist attraction. Its Ottoman-architecture buildings, various collections and 1001 different traditions are like windows opening to a glorious past.
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Tour Length: 81 minutes recorded time
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