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While we were in Istanbul, we visited Topkapi Palace which was the residence of Ottoman Sultans. It is now a museum and one of the oldest palaces in the world.

We spent hours roaming around and admiring the beautiful details.

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Puffy jackets are necessary when it’s freezing cold.

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Luckily we had booked a self-guided tour through Viator so our local guide was able to give us a brief history lesson along the way and explain all of the different rooms in the palace.

Have you ever been?


Filed Under: Travel, Turkey26 Comments
  • Stephanie

    You always have such BEAUTIFUL travel photos. I love these.

  • Alice

    I agree, there are so beautiful shots ! We can’t imagine the aspect of the inside when we see this extern structure !
    Colors are fabulous, I love it.

  • pretty little things

    all of the architecture there is just stunning! xo

  • Stephanie F

    Such beautiful photos! I love all the details… I,d love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  • Amy Lee Scott

    Rachel, you are killing me with all your gorgeous Istanbul posts! I have never been so antsy to see a place for myself. I am dying over those amazing mosaics. I cannot even imagine how long they took to create. Probably too long to consider putting up in my house :)

  • The Bradleys

    I’ve been there!! Isn’t it incredible??? Really shows how multifaceted Islam is too, and artistic. I LOVE the spice market.

  • Jay

    I love that you are sharing all of these Istanbul posts now – it’s perfect timing for our upcoming trip!

  • Jenna

    Looks amazing! I don’t think I went there when I was in Turkey? Definitely something to add to the list for next time :) xxx

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  • Quyen Nguyen

    I enjoyed the palace when I visited too. It was so intricate and beautiful. It must be fun to tour in the cold, it was so hot when we went!

  • Karm

    Your photos are still lovely and make me want to travel so bad.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel @ Well Worn Soles

    Istanbul is one of my most favorite places on this earth. I love the history and the culture. Topkapi Palace was one of my fave sites too. Loved seeing your beautiful pictures. It definitely makes me want to go back ASAP!


  • Susanne V.

    It looks absolutely beautiful there! And busy. Must have been great walking around there.
    Yet another thing to put on my places to go bucket list, jeeej.

  • B Dav

    Absolutely stunning.
    The colors are breathtaking!
    Britt @ One&20

  • Rachel Murphree

    Wow, beautiful photos! Turkey is very high on my list of places that I need to visit. I love those mosaic ceilings– they are so beautiful!

  • Laura Swallow

    Beautiful! Amazing photos. :) The detail in old architecture is truly amazing. You just don’t see all the precious stones and amount of thought in today’s architecture.

  • Kayli Schattner

    Gorgeous! I love all of the intricate details :)

  • Whitney Dupuis

    Oh my gosh the colors! I can’t wait to go there one day!

  • Normka

    Such a beautiful place! I’ve never been there, but I want to go there. Just because of you! :)
    Your photos are really cool. Details, colours. Love it!

    Greetings from Poland. :)

  • Jade

    Wow! These photos are amazing, Rachel. Such beautiful colours & patterns.

  • Molly @ The Move to America

    I love the colours inside the buildings – so vibrant! There is a great place to visit in London which is the Leighton House Museum which has a room in the same style as the images above. Leighton is one of my favourite artists and it is well worth a visit if you have not been already!

  • A Country Girls World

    Wow, I didn’t even know about this place! Definitely adding this to my list!

  • Lix Hewett

    You look ADORABLE in that pic with the puffy jacket. And the photos are wonderful.

  • Erica

    That first photo of the palace is so cool… it looks just like a castle “should” in all the story books, you know what I mean? But I also love all the intricate patterns and all the colours… lovely! :D

  • Lisette

    Dang nebbit. STAHP IT with the gorgeous photography already

  • Megan C. Stroup

    So gorgeous! I can definitely see the Moorish influence in the Spanish palaces I visited this summer. The tile work is very similar to this!