This blog post was updated on October 31, 2018.
Origianally constructed in 1459, Topkapi Palace stood as the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans in Istanbul for nearly 400
years between 1465 and 1856.
Once an official setting for state occassions and royal entertainment, the Palace stands today as one of Istanbul’s largest tourist draws.
The Palace houses some of the most holy relics in the Muslim world, including the cloak and sword of Prophet Muhammed.