Gold ceremonial throne
As the administrative center, for nearly 400 years, for the Ottoman Empire, which
was one of the greatest empires of the world, Topkapi Palace is certainly the
most important historical site to be visited in Istanbul. That is the reason
why Topkapi Palace is one of the most frequently visited museums of Europe
with a number of more than 2,5 million visitors per yerar.
In 1461, less than ten years after the Conquest, Fatih Mehmet ordered the construction
of Topkapi Sarayi a palace that would be known as Dar-us Saadet, the “House
of Felicity”. Topkapi Sarayi remained the seat of the Ottoman Sultans until
1868, when Abdülmecit I moved to the European-style Dolmabahçe Palace
farther up the Bosphorus.
Suleymaniye is without question one of the greatest works of its architect, Sinan.
Begun in 1550, the mosque was completed in 1557, with two more years required
in order to finish the entire complex (kulliye).
The same wall has surrounded this mysterious and magical place, for centruies
hiding the faces, the history and the dramas that unfolded in theese rooms.
Interior of Suleymaniye Mosque