Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Director: Suha Arin
Assistant Director: M. Adil Yalcin
Director of Photography: Ilhan Arakon
Camera: Turhan Yavuz
Editor: Sadullah Celen
Music by: Nadir Gokturk
Narrator: Sehnaz Arin (TR), Granville Van Dusen (EN)
Duration: 160 min. (7 episodes)
Format: 35 mm Film
Production Year: 1991

The Ottoman Dynasty extended over three continents, surviving 600 years from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. 24 of its 36 Sultans ruled the Empire from Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, for a period of 400 years. The royal residence, which has witnessed moments of great joy and sorrow, became a museum after the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 by Kemal Ataturk. Until it opened its doors to visitors from all over the world, the Topkapi Palace had always been a mysterious, shuttered world.

The "Topkapi Palace" series represents the widest-ranging project of its kind ever to be taken. It was in 1990 that all the doors of the Topkapi Palace were opened to a film crew for the first time. Their lights probed parts of the palace still closed to visitors and, indeed, into places that had never seen the daylight.

This documentary series is based on the latest available historical documents. Miniatures, engravings and illustrations produced by the domestic and European artists of the Ottoman Period were also used as further documentation and illustration of the fascinating life that existed behind these locked doors.

The series consists of seven episodes: "General Outlines", "The Inner Palace and Its Pavillions", "The Sacred Relics", "The Harem-I", "The Harem-II", "The Treasury" and "The Collections"

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