Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

The interior of the Topkapi Palace shows a lavish use of Iznik tiles of blue, green and coral red on the walls and ceilings. Other features include marble and wood panelling, stained glass windows and beautiful mother of pearl and tortoise shell inlay for doors and windows. These are fine examples of Ottoman, classical, palace architecture. 

Beautiful domed ceilings are characteristic of the Topkapi Palace


Mother of pearl, tortoise-shell decorated cupboard and window panels 

The Baghdad kiosk, built in 1638 to commemorate the Baghdad campaign of Murat IV

A silver "mangal" (charcoal stove), a present from King Loius XIV of France

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