Photographer's Note

I almost broke my spine, arching my back while I was trying to take this picture. I felt pain for all the rest of the visit of Topkapi palace.

But I love the result and I think it was worth it. Curves, a bit of saturation (believe me, just a bit) and unsharp mask with ps.

The place (adapted from Wikipedia): Topkapi palace has been for about 400 years(from 1465 to 1856) the residence of the sultans of the Ottoman empire. The construction began in 1459, ordered by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of byzantine Constantinople. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people.

The picture was taken in the Baghdad Kiosk, built to commemorate the Baghdad Campaign of Murad IV after 1638. It is decorated, like most of the palace with colored tiles.

From the mid-18th century onwards, the building was used as library.

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