Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. It was the primary residence for Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years.

ISTANBUL, December 2009 -- Ottoman court carpets are intimately connected with a very special artistic culture, that of the Ottoman cour.

Located in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace is the largest and oldest standing palace in the world today. Click here to take a look inside the palace!

A Morning Exploring Topkapi Palace

Located in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace is the largest and oldest standing palace in…

Hall of favorites, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Hall of the Favorites (Topkapi Sarayı (Palace), Istanbul, Islamic Ottoman Architecture)

In 1585, the Ottoman sultan Murad III was gifted a magnificent throne made of gold-plated walnut wood and studded with 957 peridots by his new son-in-law. Today, this glorious throne, known as The Gold Festival Throne, or Bayram Tahti, can be seen in the treasure house in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

In the Ottoman sultan Murad III was gifted a magnificent throne made of…

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