Dr Filiz (OGutmen) Cagman is one of Turkey's most distinguished specialists in Turkish and Islamic art. After working for more than 30 years at Topkapi Sarayi as an expert in manuscripts, miniatures and calligraphy, she served as the museum's Director from 1997 until her retirement in 2005.

Contents: Foreword; Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and His Palace; The First Courtyard: Parade Grounds; The Second Courtyard: Justice Square; The Third Courtyard: Inner Palace; Buildings of the Inner Palace Courtyard; The Fourth Precinct; The Harem; The Apartments of the Sultan and Crown Prince; Outer Pavilions and Gardens.

Following his capture of Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman sultan Mehmed the Conqueror constructed a palace, Topkapi Sarayi, at the most commanding site in his new capital. The complex of buildings, pavilions, gardens and parks that comprised this majestic residence was reconstructed and augmented over time by Mehmed's successors. Besides the private quarters of the sultans, princes and women of the court, Topkapi also housed the Ottoman Empire's supreme executive and judicial council, the Divan, and other governmental offices. For more than four centuries, it was the seat of imperial power and symbolised the grandeur and might of the Ottoman dynasty. Today, Topkapi Sarayi is one of the world's preeminent museums, This new guide to Topkapi describes in detail the planning, architecture and history of this magnificent complex and also depicts the daily functions, complex ritual and official pageantry that characterised the multifaceted social life of the palace and its inhabitants.


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