Categotry Archives: Palaces & Castles

Palace of the Porphyrogenitus

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The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is a late 13th-century Byzantine palace located in Istanbul. This is the only non-religious building from the Byzantine era still surviving in the city. The Palace was part of an anexe of the Great Palace in Blachernae Byzantine district, with three floors located between the fortifications of the northern part of ...

Dolmabahce Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace is located in the fantastic district of Besiktas on the European side of Istanbul, 30 minutes bus trip from Sultanahmet district. This eccentric building has a very important place in Turkey's last period of the Ottoman Empire. It was build during the period of its decline and it served as the main administrative center ...

Rumelian Castle

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The Rumelian Castle is also known as the Fortress of Europe due to its position being on the entrance of the Bosphorus but on the European side. The castle original name is Rumelihisari, and it was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between the years of 1451 and 1452, exactly before he conquered Constantinople. This impresse ...

Topkapi Palace

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This is Istanbul's most famous palace and one of the top 5 most visited attraction and sightseeing in Istanbul. After the Ottoman conquest of the city during the late 15th century, and aside of the reconstruction of the destroyed Constantinople dure to several attemps to enter the city, the Ottomans start also building new constructions with ...