21/50.- Istanbul, Chanting the Koran at Topkapi Palace


The third court opens impressively with the Throne Room, where the Sultan used to receive the Grand Vizier and ministers, but most of the court is occupied by halls and buildings of the old Palace School - an institution created by Mehmet the Conqueror for the education of the officials of the Empire In the third court of the palace there are rooms housing the Imperial costumes collection, the Imperial treasury, the Collection of Miniatures and Portraits, the Collection of clocks and watches; probably the most important is the Pavilion of the Sacred Mantle, where holy relics some of them belonging to the Prophet, are kept; as in the days of the Ottoman rule the Imam is chanting all day long from the Koran (shown here in the summer of 2004).

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