A path leading to the Topkapi Palace from the Gulhane Park

A path leading to the Topkapi Palace from the Gulhane Park

The Imperial Gate of the Topkapi Palace - in Turkish this gate is called Bab- i Humayun

The Imperial Gate of the Topkapi Palace - in Turkish this gate is called Bab- i Humayun

Close view of the Imperial Gate from outside - this gate was used for imperial processions during the Byzantine and Ottoman era

Close view of the Imperial Gate from outside - this gate was used for imperial processions during the Byzantine and Ottoman era

External walls of the Topkapi Palace - this is the section of the wall which is on right side of the Imperial Gate

External walls of the Topkapi Palace - this is the section of the wall which is on right side of the Imperial Gate

The First Courtyard of Topkapi Palace - this is the largest courtyard as compared to other two

The First Courtyard of Topkapi Palace - this is the largest courtyard as compared to other two

People are queuing to purchase the ticket to the palace - the Gate of Salutation can be seen in the background

People are queuing to purchase the ticket to the palace - the Gate of Salutation can be seen in the background

Torurists coming to the palace at 9am - it shows that the Topkapi is on top of the list of things to do in Istanbul

Torurists coming to the palace at 9am - it shows that the Topkapi is on top of the list of things to do in Istanbul

The Gate of Salutation - It is also called Bab Bab el-Salam

The Gate of Salutation - It is also called Bab Bab el-Salam

Details of the main arch of the Gate of Salutation - this middle gate leads to the Second Courtyard

Details of the main arch of the Gate of Salutation - this middle gate leads to the Second Courtyard

Shahada wrriten in Arabic above the main arch

Shahada wrriten in Arabic above the main arch

When I came out of the Second Courtyard, the First Courtyard was packed with tourists

When I came out of the Second Courtyard, the First Courtyard was packed with tourists

Here it is more evident that everyone in Istanbul was heading to this beautiful monument

Here it is more evident that everyone in Istanbul was heading to this beautiful monument

Walls running on right side of the First Courtyard

Walls running on right side of the First Courtyard

Church of Hagia Irene is also located in the First Courtyard

Church of Hagia Irene is also located in the First Courtyard

Open grounds of the First Courtyard - This court was also known as the Court of the Janissaries or the Parade Court due to the fact that  the Janissaries used to line up here

Open grounds of the First Courtyard - This court was also known as the Court of the Janissaries or the Parade Court due to the fact that the Janissaries used to line up here

The Imperial Gate seen from the First Courtyard - This massive gate, originally dating from 1478, is now covered in 19th-century marble

The Imperial Gate seen from the First Courtyard - This massive gate, originally dating from 1478, is now covered in 19th-century marble

Visitors in front of the Imperial Gate - on each side of this gate, guard with guns were positioned

Visitors in front of the Imperial Gate - on each side of this gate, guard with guns were positioned

The Imperial Gate seen in the evening - everyone seems to have disappeared

The Imperial Gate seen in the evening - everyone seems to have disappeared