The Topkapi Palace was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465-1853. Today it is a major tourist attraction, but at the time the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainment. After the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, the Topkapi Palace was transformed by government decree on 3 April 1924 into a museum of the imperial era. The palace is full of examples of Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armour, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasure and jewellery.
- Official residence of the Ottoman Sultans
- Hosted state functions from the 15th century
- Collections of porcelain, weapons and jewellery