Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tokapi Palace and the Cisterns

Built by Fatih Sultan Mehmed in 1478 this palace was headquarters for the country and Ottoman Empire for about 400 years. Eventually the 4,000 people who lived there and the sultans, evacuated the palace to live elsewhere. (There were newer, better palaces to dwell within). Now a museum, it hosts a collection of artifacts, gems, cloaks, swords, and sultan related items- like thrones from the Ottoman Empire and the spoonmaker's diamond....talk about a rock!


The Cisterns- built by emperors, the cisterns were important to the locals way back when in order to meet the water needs of the palace and as a back up water supply in case of an invasion. The cisterns, built under the current city of Istanbul, were cool, wet, dark, and a bit mysterious....






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