The Topkapı Palace is a large palace designed by the Armenian architect family of Balyans in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including the Prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword. The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
|Also Known As:||Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı, طوپقپو سرايى|