Not that I took a photo – of the blood splatters or bullet holes that our guide pointed out – but under the entrance portal, the Imperial Gate, a Libyan gunman was shot dead here less than a year ago. There are armed guards outside the gate. Accepting how sensitive some countries are to taking photos of police and security forces I didn’t dare although thought of a ‘hand on trigger’ type shot was very tempting (would make a refreshing change from the usual ‘hand on wine glass’).
The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign.
As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword. The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described in Criterion iv as “the best example[s] of ensembles of palaces [...] of the Ottoman period.” Wikipedia
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