Travel

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace

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Topkapi Palace is over-the-top Ottoman opulence – it’s huge, and there’s a room for every possible purpose, including a rather lovely circumcision room with a nice view over the water.

You couldn’t take photos in the treasury, but let me tell you, there was some serious bling in there. Simple girl that I am, the tiling was my favourite bit. I’d quite like to raise an Ottoman from the dead to do my bathroom.

The ‘gilded cage’ photo was a bit of luck; it was describing a genuine gilded cage, but it sums up the place for me, because depsite all the opulence, the rules, segregation and backstabbing must have made it an isolating place to live.