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The Topkapı Palace
Has been the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th century.Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by Sinan, hides clues of the rituals of the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs.
Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks fort he Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells about the splendor of the Ottomans. Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.
Rustem Pasha Mosque
A 16th century Ottoman Mosque, which was built in the name of the treasurer and the son-in-law of Suleiman the Magnificent, before he fell out of the Sultan’s favor and removed from service. It is known to host the best examples of handmade Iznik tiles, in both interior and exterior walls ; and, of course, it is seated on a complex of shops, which will give you a taste of the city’s vivid local colors.