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No overlooking and no puffy clouds today, just something simple. I beleive this is the Third courtyard inside Topkapi Palace, taken during a brief 2 day long stopover in Turkey en route from India to San Francisco via Tashkent and Istanbul. From where I live it takes just as long and costs just as much to go to India via the Atlantic or the Pacific, so I made a brief round the world trip of it, stopping in Korea for 4 days, India for 3 weeks, Uzbekistan for 5 days and Turkey for 2 days (one day Istanbul to visit my couisin who lives there and 1 day in Izmir my hometown). From Wikipedia:

Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı in Turkish, literally the "Cannongate Palace" - named after a nearby gate), located in Istanbul (Constantinople), was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1465 to 1853. The construction of the Topkapi Palace was ordered by Sultan Mehmed II in 1459. It was completed in 1465. The palace is located on the Seraglio Point between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul, having a splendid view of the Bosphorus. It consists of many smaller buildings built together and surrounded by four courts.

The Third Court is the heart of the palace, a lush garden surrounded by the Hall of the Privy Chamber (Has Oda) occupied by the palace officials, the treasury (which contains some of the wonderful treasures of the Ottoman age), the Harem and some pavilions, with the library of Ahmed III in the center.

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