A path in the Second Court of Topkapi Palace

A path in the Second Court of Topkapi Palace

Ticket checks and security scanners are located in this small corridor like structure

Ticket checks and security scanners are located in this small corridor like structure

Flowers in the Second Courtyard

Flowers in the Second Courtyard

Decorative ceiling of the Gate of Salutation- seen from inside the Second Courtyard

Decorative ceiling of the Gate of Salutation- seen from inside the Second Courtyard

Ceiling of the Gate of Salutation (the Middle Gate) - Second Courtyard is also called Divan Square

Ceiling of the Gate of Salutation (the Middle Gate) - Second Courtyard is also called Divan Square

Looking back at the Gate of Salutation and it's top was towering above the rest

Looking back at the Gate of Salutation and it's top was towering above the rest

A water sebil next to the Gate of Salutation in the Second Courtyard

A water sebil next to the Gate of Salutation in the Second Courtyard

A hardy tree still have few green branches

A hardy tree still have few green branches

Visitors in the Second Courtyard of Topkapi Palace

Visitors in the Second Courtyard of Topkapi Palace

View of the arch of the Gate of Salutation - seen from the Second Courtyard

View of the arch of the Gate of Salutation - seen from the Second Courtyard

Two paintings depicting scene from the Ottoman era

Two paintings depicting scene from the Ottoman era

The Tower of Justice in the Second Courtyard - it is located between the Imperial Council and the Harem

The Tower of Justice in the Second Courtyard - it is located between the Imperial Council and the Harem

A Byzantin cistern in the Second Court

A Byzantin cistern in the Second Court

There is a cistern which is loacted under the surafce but it is closed for public

There is a cistern which is loacted under the surafce but it is closed for public

A monument inside the Second Courtyard

A monument inside the Second Courtyard

The Gate of Felicity (Bab-al Saadet) is the entrance into the Inner Court, also known as the Third Courtyard

The Gate of Felicity (Bab-al Saadet) is the entrance into the Inner Court, also known as the Third Courtyard

Details of the artwork on exterior of the Gate of  Felicity - No one could pass this gate without the authority of the Sultan

Details of the artwork on exterior of the Gate of Felicity - No one could pass this gate without the authority of the Sultan

Palace kitchens are located in the Second Courtyard, some of them date back to the 15th century

Palace kitchens are located in the Second Courtyard, some of them date back to the 15th century

These famous kitchens were built by Sinan and they are on the Sea of Marmara side

These famous kitchens were built by Sinan and they are on the Sea of Marmara side

The Sacred Banner used to be placed here

The Sacred Banner used to be placed here

Door of the Imperial Council in the Second Courtyard

Door of the Imperial Council in the Second Courtyard

Ceiling of the corridor of the Imperial Council - it is just in front of the main door

Ceiling of the corridor of the Imperial Council - it is just in front of the main door

A decorated wall beside the entry door - this is the place where all ministerial meetings were held

A decorated wall beside the entry door - this is the place where all ministerial meetings were held

Design above the door of the Imperial Council (Divan-i Humayun)

Design above the door of the Imperial Council (Divan-i Humayun)

A corner of the ceiling - The first Council chambers in the palace were built during the reign of Mehmed II, and the present building dates from the period of Süleyman the Magnificent

A corner of the ceiling - The first Council chambers in the palace were built during the reign of Mehmed II, and the present building dates from the period of Süleyman the Magnificent

Ceiling of the Imperial Council - From the 18th century onwards, the place began to lose its original importance, as state administration was gradually transferred to the Sublime Porte

Ceiling of the Imperial Council - From the 18th century onwards, the place began to lose its original importance, as state administration was gradually transferred to the Sublime Porte

Walls inside the Divan-i Humayun - The last meeting of the Council in the palace chambers was held on Wednesday, August 30, 1876

Walls inside the Divan-i Humayun - The last meeting of the Council in the palace chambers was held on Wednesday, August 30, 1876

A gilded cage inside the Imperial Council room

A gilded cage inside the Imperial Council room

Wonderful details of the internal walls' decorations - The first Council Hall was a wooden structure built under Fatih Sultan Mehmet II

Wonderful details of the internal walls' decorations - The first Council Hall was a wooden structure built under Fatih Sultan Mehmet II

Floral motifs on a wall - Imperial Council is also called Kubbealti, consisted of three departments

Floral motifs on a wall - Imperial Council is also called Kubbealti, consisted of three departments

A couch in Divan-i Humayun

A couch in Divan-i Humayun

A decorated wall of the Divan-i Humayun

A decorated wall of the Divan-i Humayun

Ceiling of the Imperial Council with skylight to allow natural light into the room

Ceiling of the Imperial Council with skylight to allow natural light into the room

Strangely, the Ottoman Sultans would not participate in the meetings held at the Council Hall

Strangely, the Ottoman Sultans would not participate in the meetings held at the Council Hall

Details of the decorations inside the Imperial Council - ceiling from the second room can be seen in the background

Details of the decorations inside the Imperial Council - ceiling from the second room can be seen in the background

A design between two arches

A design between two arches

would follow the deliberations of the Council in a room of the Tower of Justice from behind a grilled window

would follow the deliberations of the Council in a room of the Tower of Justice from behind a grilled window

Details of the ceiling - If sultan was unhappy about any decisin either he would close the curtain or he will tap the grill

Details of the ceiling - If sultan was unhappy about any decisin either he would close the curtain or he will tap the grill

An object on display - may be it was used to heat the room

An object on display - may be it was used to heat the room

Side walls of the Imperial Council

Side walls of the Imperial Council

An insignia on a wall of the Second Courtyard

An insignia on a wall of the Second Courtyard