Located at the intersection of the Persian Blues and the Marmara Sea, also known as the Old Palace. In 1453, when the Ottoman Empire ruled Istanbul, all the Sultans lived here to receive views and govern the state for more than 400 years until Abdulmecid built the Dolmabahce Palace.
It was turned into a museum in 1924 and has become one of the most attractive palace-museums in the world. Today, there are many different themed pavilions in the palace. The exhibits include official uniforms, weapons, shields, armor used in the Ottoman Empire (representing the abundance of political culture at the time), Islamic calligraphy manuscripts, murals, jewels and Chinese porcelains from the Ottoman Empire. There are appealing eating and resting facilities for visitors on the palace ground with great view.