Wish You Were Here Postcards – The Harem in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace

by Amanda McInerney on 02/04/2014

The Harem is a section of the private apartments of the Turkish sultans in the beautiful Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.  It housed the sultan’s mother, wives, concubines, children and their staff, with each hierarchical group having it’s own quarters grouped around a courtyard. This section of the palace is extensive with many rooms, most of which are not open to the public even now. The decoration of the whole palace is richly coloured using ornate tile-work, screens and fountains. This is just a section of the lavish adornment found all through the royal apartments.

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Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures April 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

Oh I loved Topkapi Palace. It was a highlight. I enjoyed the mosque too but there were just so many interestingthings in the palace and the history stretched over such a long period. The gardens below it were lovely too. Only small but when we were there (probably around this time of year) the tulips were out. Thanks for another great post Amanda.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

Beautiful! I will admit I’ve always been curious about a harem. Maybe I was in one during a previous life? LOL

Anna Johnston April 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

Just added a trip to Istanbul to my travel bucket list. How magical, the detail is incredible too.

Hotly Spiced April 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

What an interesting history the palace has. If those walls could talk! xx

celia April 4, 2014 at 8:17 am

Look at those tiles! Just exquisite!

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