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TopTen

Museums and Galleries

1. Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı)

The buildings are spectacular, some of the collections are even more so – from the sea of Chinese porcelain in the kitchens to the Treasury, with its ostentatious display of jewellery, carved ivory and great rocks of emerald. Religious treasures include hair from the Prophet’s beard (for further details see Topkapı Palace).

2. Archaeological Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi)

Don’t miss the late-4th-century-AD marble tomb of Abdalonymus of Sidon, known as the “Alexander Sarcophagus”. Its high-relief carving depicts Alexander the Great defeating the Persians at the Battle of Issus in 333 BC (for further ...

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