The palace was built on an area of 700,000 square meters on the Eastern Roman campus located in Sarayburnu at the tip of the Istanbul Peninsula, between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
Every day, enough food was cooked in the palace to feed thousands of people. In addition, the sultan's mother, wife, and children also resided in this palace.
The kitchen, harem, and supply room of the palace, which was severely damaged due to a fire in 1574, were restored by Sinan the Architect upon the order of Selim II.
Topkapi Palace, which started to be used as a museum on April 3, 1924, after the proclamation of the Republic, is the first museum of the Republic and has an area of 400,000 square meters. Topkapi Palace, which has collections, architectural structures, and approximately 300,000 archive documents, is one of the largest palace museums in the world.
Topkapi Palace has had a very important place in the 600-year history of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. Topkapi Palace, which was especially flocked by foreign tourists, was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1985.