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Topkapi Palace -  Mehmet the Conqueror built the first palace in 1453 and it was used by many sultans until 1839.  

In, around, and views from Topkapi Palace:  Court of Processions, Ortakapi & Second Court, Third Court, Fourth Court & Harem.

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Harem of Topkapi Palace.  The Harem was used as the Sultan's private quarters and where the family lived.  Notice the beautiful works of tile and the marble bath and toilet rooms.

Ottoman paintings of fun and decadence.

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Royal Sultan garments, most of which are red, so Julia loves them.

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Carpet Museum

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Ancient Carpet Heaven.  This is where all the Sultan's carpets go.  Julia is sitting by a hut lived in by the Turkish nomad people. 

Ancient Calligraphy

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