Topkapı Palace

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The Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı or in, Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey.wikipedia
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Spoonmaker's Diamond

The palace complex has hundreds of rooms and chambers, but only the most important are accessible to the public today, including the Ottoman Imperial Harem and the treasury, called hazine where the Spoonmaker's Diamond and Topkapi Dagger are on display.
The Spoonmaker's Diamond (Kaşıkçı Elması) is an 86 carat (17.2g) pear-shaped diamond in the Imperial Treasury exhibitions at the Topkapi Palace Museum and its most valuable single exhibit.

Istanbul

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The Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı or in, Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mehmed II also repaired the city's damaged infrastructure, including the whole water system, began to build the Grand Bazaar, and constructed Topkapı Palace, the sultan's official residence.

Grand vizier

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Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building.
In the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Vizier held the imperial seal and could convene all other viziers to attend to affairs of the state; the viziers in conference were called "Kubbealtı viziers" in reference to their meeting place, the Kubbealtı ('under the dome') in Topkapı Palace.

Abdulmejid I

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In 1856, Sultan Abdulmejid I decided to move the court to the newly built Dolmabahçe Palace.
Abdulmejid was born at the Beşiktaş Sahil Palace or at the Topkapı Palace, both in Istanbul.

Dolmabahçe Palace

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In 1856, Sultan Abdulmejid I decided to move the court to the newly built Dolmabahçe Palace.
Previously, the Sultan and his family had lived at the Topkapı Palace, but as the medieval Topkapı was lacking in contemporary style, luxury, and comfort, as compared to the palaces of the European monarchs, Abdülmecid decided to build a new modern palace near the site of the former Beşiktaş Sahil Palace, which was demolished.

Ottoman weapons

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The museum collection also includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armor, miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts like the Topkapi manuscript.
The armoury in Topkapı Palace has a large collection of which it shows select items.

Topkapi manuscript

only other surviving copy
The museum collection also includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armor, miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts like the Topkapi manuscript.
This manuscript is kept in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Sarayburnu

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The palace complex is located on the Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu), a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, where the Bosphorus Strait meets the Marmara Sea.
The area is where the renowned Topkapı Palace and Gülhane Park stand.

Hagia Irene

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The Byzantine church of Hagia Irene was used by the Ottomans as a storehouse and imperial armoury.
Hagia Irene or Hagia Eirene (, "Holy Peace", Aya İrini), sometimes known also as Saint Irene, is a Greek Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.

Ottoman miniature

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The museum collection also includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armor, miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts like the Topkapi manuscript.
During the reign of Mehmed II, a court workshop called Nakkashane-i Rum that also functioned as an academy was founded in Topkapı Palace in Istanbul to create illuminated picture manuscripts for the Sultan and the courtiers.

Suleiman the Magnificent

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The palace was significantly expanded between 1520 and 1560, during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent.
At the age of seven, Suleiman was sent to study science, history, literature, theology and military tactics in the schools of the imperial Topkapı Palace in Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

Seraglio

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The Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı or in, Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
"The Seraglio" may refer specifically to the Topkapı Palace, the residence of the former Ottoman Sultans in Istanbul.

Mahmud I

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The palace received its current name during Mahmud I's reign; when Topkapusu Sâhil Sarâyı, the seaside palace, was destroyed in a fire its name was transferred to the Palace.
Sweeping up more soldiers Halil led the riot to the Topkapı Palace and demanded the death of the grand vizer, Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha and the abdication of Ahmet III.

Mimar Sinan

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In 1574, after a great fire destroyed the kitchens, Mimar Sinan was entrusted by Sultan Selim II to rebuild the damaged parts of the palace.
There are three brief records (Anonymous Text; Architectural Masterpieces; Book of Architecture) in the library of Topkapı Palace, dictated by Sinan to his friend and biographer Mustafa Sâi Çelebi.

Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Topkapı Palace is part the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a group of sites in Istanbul that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
This World Heritage Site includes buildings and structures such as the Sarayburnu, the Topkapı Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Irene, Zeyrek Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, Little Hagia Sophia and the Walls of Constantinople.

Fountain of Ahmed III

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It leads directly to the Hagia Sophia and turns northwest towards the palace square to the Fountain of Ahmed III.
Ahmet Çeşmesi) is a fountain in a Turkish rococo structure in the great square in front of the Imperial Gate of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

Gülhane Park

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To the west and south the complex is bordered by the large imperial flower park, known today as Gülhane Park.
Gülhane Park (Gülhane Parkı, "Rosehouse Park"; from Persian: Gulkhāna, "house of flowers") is a historical urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey; it is adjacent to and on the grounds of the Topkapı Palace.

Hagia Sophia

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It leads directly to the Hagia Sophia and turns northwest towards the palace square to the Fountain of Ahmed III.
To the corresponding Waqf were endowed most of the existing houses in the city and the area of the future Topkapı Palace.

Basketmakers' Kiosk

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The last remaining seashore structure that still exists today is the Basketmakers' Kiosk, constructed in 1592 by Sultan Murad III.
Built in 1591 by Sultan Murad III and renovated by Sultan Mahmud I in 1739, it is the only surviving building from a row of many assorted pavilions and palaces constructed within the outer yard of Topkapı Palace.

Harem

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Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building. It received its final appearance around 1525-1529 during the reign of Suleyman I. It is surrounded by the former palace hospital, bakery, Janissary quarters, stables, the imperial harem and Divan to the north and the kitchens to the south.
The Imperial Harem of the Ottoman sultan, which was also called seraglio in the West, was part of Topkapı Palace.

Great Palace of Constantinople

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After Sultan Mehmed II's conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the Great Palace of Constantinople was largely in ruins.
The Palace is considered by scholars to have been a series of pavilions, much like the Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace that succeeded it.

Imperial Council (Ottoman Empire)

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It received its final appearance around 1525-1529 during the reign of Suleyman I. It is surrounded by the former palace hospital, bakery, Janissary quarters, stables, the imperial harem and Divan to the north and the kitchens to the south.
The Council met in a dedicated building in the Second Courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, initially daily, then for four days a week by the 16th century.

Turkey

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The Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı or in, Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Topkapı Palace in Istanbul is one of the most famous examples of classical Ottoman architecture and was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years.

Mustafa III

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It was redecorated in the rococo style in 1774 under Sultan Mustafa III and during the reign of Mahmud II.
In 1730, after the Patrona Halil revolt, led to the deposition of his father Sultan Ahmed, and the succession of his cousin Sultan Mahmud I, Mustafa, his father, and brothers were all locked up in the Topkapı Palace.

Kaftan

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The kaftans given as presents to the viziers, ambassadors and residents of the palace by the financial department and the sultan and other valuable objects were also stored here.
The Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul holds a large collection of Ottoman kaftans and textiles.