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Topkapi Sarayi

TopkaptSarayt,theGreatPalaceoftheOsmanli Sultans,isthemostextensiveandfascinatingmonument ofOttomancivilarchitectureinexistence.Inadditionto itsarchitecturalandhistoricalinterest,itcontains,asa museum,superbandunrivaledcollectionsofporcelains,armor,fabrics,jewels,illuminatedmanuscripts,calligraphy, andmanyobjectsofartformerlybelongingtotheSultans. Acursoryvisitrequiresseveralhours;toknowitthoroughlymanyweekswouldhardlysuffice.