Jonathan Valin | Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

Created 13-Nov-08
Modified 14-Nov-08
Visitors 80
12 photos
Although scarcely short on opulence (its Treasury is one of the wonders of the world), the Topkapi Palace of the Ottoman Sultans must also be one of the most serenely beautiful and tranquil seats of empire, a series of green courtyards and airy vistas opening on the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. It's that serenity and tranquillity--and not the splendid opulence--that these photos reflect.