Decorative Motifs at the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace in Istanbul used to be one of the most important palaces of the Ottoman rulers. It is a vast sprawling complex and you can easily spend a day looking through the various parts of the palace.

Here are a few decorative motifs from different parts of the palace.

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Ceiling Decorations
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More Ceiling Decorations from Topkapi Palace
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Designs Inlaid with Gold Leaf
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Spectacular Tile and Mosaic Work
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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Kah Choon says:

    The designs are so beautiful, may I know are they Turkish traditional decoration for palace? Thanks sharing.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I’m not sure if they’re traditionally Turkish but some of the tiles, mosaics and themes are quite representative of contemporary Islamic art.

      1. Kah Choon says:

        I found some of these designs are quite similar to the Islamic art adapted in our mosques here. Very unique and beautiful.

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        How interesting!

      3. Kah Choon says:

        That’s cool right? I’ll take some photos when I visit them.

      4. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Thank you so much- that would be great!

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    Topkapi, the name reminds me of an old movie from half a century ago.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      really? That’s interesting- I haven’t heard of it. But then I’m not a movie buff.

      1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        How interesting!

  3. Nirmala says:

    Exquisite !

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks!

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