Gud Niden (Good morning). The wake up and breakfast ritual completed for the day, we set out for Topkapi Palace.
Just behind Hagia Sophia we stroll a garden pathway before paying YTL$20 for admission tickets.
A former place of government during the Ottoman Empire and home to a few Sultans, Topkapi Place was built in 1459.
The Gate Of Salutation
Originally only the Sultan (who had to be saluted) and people working at the palace were allowed to enter through this gate.
A well designed and I imagine comfortable carriage used for transporting Harem members.
Along the outer courtyard numerous ancient sculptures and stones are displayed from across the city.
Although it is understandable, it is unfortunate that picture opportunities are limited during our visit. Our first exhibition is a nice display of Sultan wardrobe which was all hand sewn from the finest materials. Here we see the first MC Hammer pants as most of the clothing seems oversized. Hammer this, Hammer that, everywhere even in the 15th Century!
A crowed line forms for the next exhibition and we soon find out why. The 86 carats, yes ladies 86 carats Spoonmaker's Diamond is part of what draws all the attention. I try it on but it is just a little too big for my pinkie finger.
Some stones like emeralds are almost as big as MC Hammer's pants. You will need at least eight gigabytes of memory and then some to take it all in.
As we tour this section a soothing live reading from The Qur'an is heard from overhead speakers, it adds a nice touch to the exhibition.
INSIDE THE HAREM
I wonder if we need some MC Hammer pants and a Harem to make the experience complete.
He is proud of his father's accomplishments and I can tell being here brings back good memories for my friend.