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Topkapi Palace was residence of the sultans, administrative seat of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, and the source of legend on life in the harem.

The Harem, a maze of 400 halls, terraces, rooms, wings, and apartments grouped around the sultan's private quarters, evokes all the exoticism and mysterious ways of the Ottoman Empire. Now, only 20 rooms have been restored and open to the public, including stunning tile work.

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