Topkapi Harem.    Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topkapi_Palace_Museum

Topkapi Harem. Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topkapi_Palace_Museum

Bird house/Topkapı Palace

Bird house/Topkapı Palace

Istanbul, Turkey:  The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia.  by MichaelLevy

Istanbul, Turkey: The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia. by MichaelLevy

topkapi palace Chamber of Hurrem Sultan

topkapi palace Chamber of Hurrem Sultan

Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

An Ottoman harem. Favorites for the harem were Circassian beauties from the Caucasus

An Ottoman harem. Favorites for the harem were Circassian beauties from the Caucasus

Nizam-ı Cedid

Nizam-ı Cedid

Cavalier Turkish Seljuk during the Crusades

Cavalier Turkish Seljuk during the Crusades

Levends

Levends

Kavalalı Mehmet Ali Paşa

Kavalalı Mehmet Ali Paşa

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