Facade of the Gate of Felicity

Facade of the Gate of Felicity

Ceiling of the Gate of Felicity which is between the Second and Third Courtyards

Ceiling of the Gate of Felicity which is between the Second and Third Courtyards

A chimney inside the Gate of Felicity

A chimney inside the Gate of Felicity

A beautiful Door of Felicity

A beautiful Door of Felicity

Entrance to the the Audience Chamber, also known as Audience Hall is right behind the Gate of Felicity

Entrance to the the Audience Chamber, also known as Audience Hall is right behind the Gate of Felicity

This seal says Hazrat Abdul Mejid Khan II

This seal says Hazrat Abdul Mejid Khan II

Ceiling of the Audeience Chamber - This square building is an Ottoman kiosk, surrounded by a colonnade of 22 columns

Ceiling of the Audeience Chamber - This square building is an Ottoman kiosk, surrounded by a colonnade of 22 columns

Sultans used to receive ambassadors of foreign states in this chamber

Sultans used to receive ambassadors of foreign states in this chamber

Sultans used to sit here during the audience

Sultans used to sit here during the audience

A corridor runs around the Audience Chamber - this room is dating from the 15th century, and further decorated under Suleiman I

A corridor runs around the Audience Chamber - this room is dating from the 15th century, and further decorated under Suleiman I

Inscriptions in Persian language

Inscriptions in Persian language

The Conqueror's Pavillon houses the Treasury of Topkapi Palace

The Conqueror's Pavillon houses the Treasury of Topkapi Palace

Halls of the Conqueror's Pavillon - it is one of the oldest buildings inside the palace

Halls of the Conqueror's Pavillon - it is one of the oldest buildings inside the palace

The Library of Ahmed III is located directly behind the Audience Chamber and it was built in 1779

The Library of Ahmed III is located directly behind the Audience Chamber and it was built in 1779

A hollow tree in the Third Courtyard

A hollow tree in the Third Courtyard

Arabic and Persian inscriptions on the external walls of the exhibition room

Arabic and Persian inscriptions on the external walls of the exhibition room

A very popular Ottoman design which is frequently used in mehrabs

A very popular Ottoman design which is frequently used in mehrabs

A corridor outside the Treasury Room - rooms behind this corridor used to house collection of works of art, jewelry, heirlooms of sentimental value and money belonging to the Ottoman rulers

A corridor outside the Treasury Room - rooms behind this corridor used to house collection of works of art, jewelry, heirlooms of sentimental value and money belonging to the Ottoman rulers

The Grand Kiosk, is also called the Grand Pavilion

The Grand Kiosk, is also called the Grand Pavilion

Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Marmara

Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Marmara

Defensive walls of Istanbul which also work as boundary wall of the Topkapi Palace at the lower level

Defensive walls of Istanbul which also work as boundary wall of the Topkapi Palace at the lower level

Trees beside the Topkapi Palace's walls

Trees beside the Topkapi Palace's walls

The Bosphorus and its bridge - Asian side of Istanbul is on right

The Bosphorus and its bridge - Asian side of Istanbul is on right

The Asian side of Istanbul is directly across the waterways

The Asian side of Istanbul is directly across the waterways

The Terrace Mosque or Sofa Humayun (the Fourth Court)

The Terrace Mosque or Sofa Humayun (the Fourth Court)

A designed path leading to the Fourth Court

A designed path leading to the Fourth Court

Tulips inside a small garden in th Imperial Hall

Tulips inside a small garden in th Imperial Hall

One of the pavilions - seen from the Fourth Court

One of the pavilions - seen from the Fourth Court

Four lions in the fourth court

Four lions in the fourth court

Exterior of one of the pavilions seen from the Fourth Courtyard

Exterior of one of the pavilions seen from the Fourth Courtyard

Tulips inside the Topkapi Palace - it was The Tulip Week in Istanbul, so plenty of tulips around

Tulips inside the Topkapi Palace - it was The Tulip Week in Istanbul, so plenty of tulips around

Trees and flowers inside the Topkapi Palace

Trees and flowers inside the Topkapi Palace

Gulhane Park - seen from the Topkapi Palace's walls

Gulhane Park - seen from the Topkapi Palace's walls

Path leading to the fourth court between the two structures

Path leading to the fourth court between the two structures

The Baghdad Kiosk seen from the Fourth Court

The Baghdad Kiosk seen from the Fourth Court

A small fountain among flowers in front of the Baghdad Kiosk

A small fountain among flowers in front of the Baghdad Kiosk

A fountain on LHS of the Baghdad Kiosk

A fountain on LHS of the Baghdad Kiosk

Overlooking the sea from the upper terrace

Overlooking the sea from the upper terrace

A side view of the Baghdad Kiosk

A side view of the Baghdad Kiosk

Windows of the Baghdad Kiosk - It was built in 1639 to commemorate the Baghdad campaign of Sultan Murat IV

Windows of the Baghdad Kiosk - It was built in 1639 to commemorate the Baghdad campaign of Sultan Murat IV

Ceiling - Baghdad Kiosk

Ceiling - Baghdad Kiosk

Stained glass windows of the Baghdad Kiosk

Stained glass windows of the Baghdad Kiosk

This silver 'mangal' (charcoal stove), a present of King Louis XIV of France

This silver 'mangal' (charcoal stove), a present of King Louis XIV of France

A sofa inside the Baghdad Kiosk

A sofa inside the Baghdad Kiosk

From the mid-18th century onwards, the building was used as the library of the Privy Chamber.

From the mid-18th century onwards, the building was used as the library of the Privy Chamber.

Blue tiles are used all the way up to the ceiling

Blue tiles are used all the way up to the ceiling

Interior of the Baghdad pavillion

Interior of the Baghdad pavillion

Windows and blue walls of the Baghdad Kiosk

Windows and blue walls of the Baghdad Kiosk

Blue colour of the interior and the stained glass windows

Blue colour of the interior and the stained glass windows

The Golden Horn - seen from the Topkapi Palace

The Golden Horn - seen from the Topkapi Palace

In this photo Golden Horn is on left side and it's meeting point with the Sea of Marmara

In this photo Golden Horn is on left side and it's meeting point with the Sea of Marmara

The Sea of Marmara work as a link between the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus

The Sea of Marmara work as a link between the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus

The Iftariye Pavilion,  also known as Iftar Kiosk or Iftar Bower - The Sultans are reported to have had the custom to make their iftar here

The Iftariye Pavilion, also known as Iftar Kiosk or Iftar Bower - The Sultans are reported to have had the custom to make their iftar here

The Circumcision Room - it was renovated by Sultan Ibrahim

The Circumcision Room - it was renovated by Sultan Ibrahim

Ceiling of The Circumcision Room -

Ceiling of The Circumcision Room -

Blue tiles on the wall - this room was the venue used for the circumcision

Blue tiles on the wall - this room was the venue used for the circumcision

Windows and walls of the Circumcision Room

Windows and walls of the Circumcision Room

These blue and white tiles of the facade of the building were the work of the famous 16th century muralist Shah Kulu

These blue and white tiles of the facade of the building were the work of the famous 16th century muralist Shah Kulu

Ceiling of the Circumcision Room

Ceiling of the Circumcision Room

Exterior of the Circumcision Room

Exterior of the Circumcision Room

The Circumcision Room (Sunnet Odasi) is thought to have been built during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

The Circumcision Room (Sunnet Odasi) is thought to have been built during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

Beatifully decorated wall - The Topkapi Palace of Istanbul

Beatifully decorated wall - The Topkapi Palace of Istanbul

Another view of the dor and walls of the upper terrace

Another view of the dor and walls of the upper terrace

The Baghdad Kiosk can be seen in the background

The Baghdad Kiosk can be seen in the background

Iftar and the Baghdad Pavillions

Iftar and the Baghdad Pavillions

Blue tiles and Persian inscriptions on a wall

Blue tiles and Persian inscriptions on a wall

A fountain beside the Circumcision Room

A fountain beside the Circumcision Room

A sofa inside the Revan Kiosk - The Revan Pavilion was built in 1635 under Sultan Murat IV

A sofa inside the Revan Kiosk - The Revan Pavilion was built in 1635 under Sultan Murat IV

Ceiling of The Revan Kiosk - The ceiling of the gazebo situated between the two iwans on the east flank overlooking the Tulip Garden

Ceiling of The Revan Kiosk - The ceiling of the gazebo situated between the two iwans on the east flank overlooking the Tulip Garden

A chimney inside The Revan Kiosk - The Revan Pavilion is also called sarik odasi (turban room) by some sources with reference to the fact that the sacred relics were kept there during the Chamber of the Holy Mantle’s traditional cleaning ceremony

A chimney inside The Revan Kiosk - The Revan Pavilion is also called sarik odasi (turban room) by some sources with reference to the fact that the sacred relics were kept there during the Chamber of the Holy Mantle’s traditional cleaning ceremony

A path leading to the Third Court

A path leading to the Third Court

Entrance of the Holy Mantle Exhibition - here religious pieces sent to the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th century to the late 19th century

Entrance of the Holy Mantle Exhibition - here religious pieces sent to the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th century to the late 19th century

A wall next to the exhibition room

A wall next to the exhibition room

LHS of the Topkapi Palace - next to the Holy Mantle

LHS of the Topkapi Palace - next to the Holy Mantle

Left side of the Thirs Courtyard - here one of the rooms house portraits of the Ottoman sultans

Left side of the Thirs Courtyard - here one of the rooms house portraits of the Ottoman sultans

A small mosque in the Third Courtyards

A small mosque in the Third Courtyards