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Topkapı Sarayı

After getting up early to watch a beautiful sunrise from our hotel room and eating an elaborate breakfast together, we began again another day of sight-seeing in Istanbul, starting with the Topkapi Palace. Of course with only a day and a half, we were always going to see only the most touristic of places but I am not even going to apologise for the amount of photographs of domes and ceramic tile details posted here. The palace was incredible, the sheer number of different rooms was unbelievable yet as a visitor, you only get to see a fraction of the building.

It was a quick but inspiring visit; the geometric patterns again struck us and also the daylight was well controlled, leaving all the rooms really cool, even though the sun was extremely hot outside. The beautiful and elaborate spaces in the Harem section of the palace were once private quarters of the sultan, and prison I suppose to his many slaves and concubines.

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