My favourite part of the Topkapi Palace is the area known as the Fourth Courtyard. Here the lovely gardens and terraces are home to a number of kiosks and pavilions and there are views down to the Bosphorus.
The kiosks have gorgeous stained glass windows and highly decorative cupboard doors and window panels.
It is the beautiful blue and white tiling, however, that really stands out in my mind. The Circumcision Room, in particular, has exquisite and rare tiles both inside and outside.
This pavilion was initially planned as the Sultan’s summer kiosk and is now referred to as the Circumcision Room, as it was the venue of the circumcision ceremony of the sons of Sultan Ahmet III. Circumcision is a ritual of cleanliness and purity, part of the Islamic faith. Its importance is clear from the beautiful location here in a central area of the Palace.