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Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans for a period of nearly four centuries. What's magnificent about the palace isn't its architecture (though very ornate), It's the view from its grounds. So one snowy day I took a walk around. 

The Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new dwellings along the Bosphorus. More about that in a different post.  

Three Lives of Hagia Sophia

There are many important structures in Istanbul. But this one – commissioned by emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537. Converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. And declared a museum by Atatürk in 1935. It surpasses the rest because of its architecture, history, religious importance and extraordinary beauty.