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TOPKAPı PALACE
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson

Photos

Harem tiled room, Topkapi PalaceDavid Stanley/Wikipedia

Topkapı Palace

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Museum of The History of Science and Technology in IslamTom Worthington/Wikipedia
Gate of SalutationPaul Simpson/Flickr
Harem, Topkapı PalacePayman Sazesh/Wikipedia
Arcade, Imperial CouncilMaksym Kozlenko/Wikipedia
Interior 2 Terrace KioskAnton Zelenov/Wikipedia
Tulip Garden, Topkapı PalaceWolfgang Moroder/Wikipedia
Courtyard of the Favourites, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Courtyard of the Sultan’s Consorts and the Concubines, Topkapı PalaceJosep Renalias/Wikipedia
Exterior, Imperial CouncilNorbert Nagel/Wikipedia
Hagia Irene, Topkapı PalaceMatthias Süßen/Wikipedia
Lion sculpture, Gulhane ParkBrian Gratwicke/Flickr
Privy Chamber of Ahmed III, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
View of Topkapı Palace from HaremBjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
Apse, Hagia Irene, Topkapı PalaceAndrew Gould/Flickr
Armory Topkapi Palace ExhibitsSomeone/Wikipedia
Baghdad Kiosk 1Moonik/Wikipedia
Conqueror’s Pavilion, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Front side Library Sultan Ahmet IIISerhinho/Wikipedia
Grand Kiosk, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Imperial Carriages, Topkapı PalaceGeorges Jansoone/Wikipedia
Imperial Council, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
The Imperial GateGryffindor/Wikipedia
Imperial Hall, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Interior 1 Terrace KioskCherryx/Wikipedia
Interior Baghdad KioskMaksym Kozlenko/Wikipedia
Kubbealtı, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
One of the hollow trees, in the Third Court, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Privy Chamber of Murat III, Topkapı PalaceMyrabella/Wikipedia
Terrace Kiosk, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Tower of Justice, Topkapı PalaceAhmet Necati Uzer/Wikipedia
View from Baghdad Kiosk to southwestStegop/Wikipedia
Apartments of the Queen Mother, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Baghdad Kiosk 2Stegop/Wikipedia
Baghdad Kiosk and fountainMoonik/Wikipedia
Baths of the Sultan and the Queen Mother, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Column of the GothsValerius Tygart/Wikipedia
Courtyard of the Eunuchs, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Courtyard of the Queen Mother, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Dome, Imperial CouncilDerzsi Elekes Andor/Wikipedia
Enderûn Library, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Fountain of the Executioner, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Gate of Carts, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Gate of Felicity, Topkapı PalaceGeorges Jansoone/Wikipedia
Golden Road, Topkapı PalaceBjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
Gülhane ParkEtaergun/Wikipedia
Hall of the Ablution Fountain, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
İftar Kiosk, Topkapı PalaceGeorges Jansoone/Wikipedia
Imperial Mint, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Imperial Treasury, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Palace Kitchens, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Revan Kiosk, Topkapı PalaceG Dallorto/Wikipedia
Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Treasury interior, Topkapi PalaceJorge Láscar/Wikipedia
Twin Kiosk / Apartments of the Crown Prince, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
View of the Marmara Sea from Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
View of Topkapı Palace from Galata TowerCarlos Delgado/Wikipedia
Wardrobe ChamberGryffindor/Wikipedia
Audience Chamber, Topkapı PalaceGeorges Jansoone/Wikipedia
Porcelain and Celadon Collection, Topkapı PalaceGryffindor/Wikipedia
Terrace Mosque, Topkapı PalaceMarku1988/Wikipedia

Maps

Map of Topkapı Palace

Map of Topkapı Palace

Contents

About PhotoSecrets

 
 
 

Foreword

A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Welcome

Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at ahudson@photosecrets.com.

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.

Introduction

At a Glance

Name:Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı)
Type:Palace (1453–1853)
Military (1853–1924)
Museum (1924–present)
Style:Ottoman, Baroque
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Construction started:mid-15th century
Client:Ottoman sultans
Owner:Turkish state
Architects:Mehmed II, Alaüddin, Davud Ağa, Mimar Sinan, Sarkis Balyan[1]
GPS:41.012386, 28.984133
Far:2.5 km (1.5 miles) from center of Istanbul

The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.

Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the “New Palace” (Yeni Saray or Saray-ı Cedîd-i Âmire) to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazit Square. It received the name Topkapı, meaning Cannon Gate, in the 19th century. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan’s family lived in the harem and leading state officials, including the Grand Vizier held meetings in the Imperial Council building.

After the 17th century, Topkapı gradually lost its importance. The sultans of that period preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosphorus. In 1856, Sultan Abdül Mecid I decided to move the court to the newly built Dolmabahçe Palace. Topkapı retained some of its functions inlcuding the imperial treasury, library and mint.

Following the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, Topkapı was transformed into a museum by a government decree dated April 3, 1924. The Topkapı Palace Museum is administered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The palace complex has hundreds of rooms and chambers, but only the most important are accessible to the public today, including the Ottoman imperial harem and the treasury, called hazine where the Spoonmaker’s Diamond and Topapı Dagger are on display. The museum collection also includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armor, |miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts like the Topkapi manuscript. The complex is guarded by officials of the ministry as well as armed guards of the Turkish military. Topkapı Palace is part the “Historic Areas of Istanbul,” a group of sites in Istanbul that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

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