|Harem, Topkapi Palace (Camp)|
What fascinated me more than the three grand courtyards, each more exclusive than the next that led into the Palace complex, was our short tour of the harem, accessible only through a small gate at the very heart of the Palace.
We entered the harem through the narrowest of halls to discover a tiny, dark courtyard of flagstones and mosaic, and two-three story apartments on each side. Here the least favorite wives and concubines lived.
As we passed through successive halls and gates into the inner sanctum, the courtyards became larger, the decorations more ornate with filigree and the famous Turkish Iznik tiles (brilliant colors in a 'frame and meander' pattern), until we were favored with a stunning view of hanging gardens and the Bosphorous.
|Iznik Tiles, Topkapi Palace (Camp)|
|The prince's 'cage' at Topkapi Palace (Camp)|
|The prince's cage overlooking Bosphorus (Camp)|
|The Topkapi Palace Complex (Wikipedia)|
Did I see a mermaid on our travels? For your viewing pleasure, a Turkish mermaid. I do not know her story -- yet!
Tomorrow, a small, very small corner of the marketplace!
Read a little more:
About Topkapi Palace on Wikipedia
Additional history from the Topkapi Palace Museum