Sultan’s Living Room – Topkapi Palace – Istanbul

Sultan's Reception Room - Topkapi Palace

I took this photo of the sultan’s reception room while visiting the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul in 2005.  While this former palace of the Ottomans was splendid, the harem was the most interesting part of my visit.  I loved exploring the eunuchs quarters, and the courtyards and apartments of the sultan, his mother, his wives and his concubines.  The harem was forbidden to all except the sultan’s family and the eunuchs (security officers).

For more photos of the Topkapi Palace, click here.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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