To catch you up to speed check out earlier posts about my trip:
My travels around Israel
Istanbul I: Exploring The City + Suleymaniye + The Blue Mosque
For this post I’m focusing on Topkapi Palace. While Istanbul has many palaces, the palace is the one to see. It’s where the Ottoman Sultans lived for 400 years.This is such a prime site to visit in Istanbul, that we decided to start our day early here in an attempt to avoid the crowd. You can see above, we were the only ones with this idea.
The patterns and textures in this palace are unreal.
We decided to buy the entrance fee as well as a ticket to the Harem, which our travel book said was a highlight. And how often do you get to see a Turkish Harem?
Some rooms seem to have no purpose other than to show off all sorts of patterns. So pretty.
Of course a Harem has lots of beds.
They are all about the patterns! Even down to the last detail.
After exiting the Harem we walked the grounds, saw the royal jewels (amazing) and then had to continue on to cross more off our list.
Next up: we beeline it over to the Hagia Sophia, which is also a prime tourist destination. We wanted to go the day before, but the line to get in was so long we skipped it, so today we aimed to get there as early as possible.