Administrative center of the Ottoman Empire,
Topkapi Palace was also its hub of art and culture.
Topkapi Palace was not only the home of
the sultans but also the empire’s administrative
center and the seat of its legislative, judicial
and executive functions. At the same time it was
also an academy of fine arts where artists plied
their trade, and a conservatory where the arts of
music and dance were taught and performances and
This miniature city which housed thousands of people
suffered numerous fires and earthquakes over time,
and its damaged structures were repaired and restored.
Displayed in the palace were the porcelains, jewels,
carpets, inscriptions, paintings, miniatures and
even weapons, each one a work of art, received by
the sultans as gifts or brought back as spoils of
EUROPEAN WITNESSES OF OTTOMAN SPLENDOR
After Fatih Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror took Istanbul,
a palace was constructed on the spot where the central
building of Istanbul University stands today.