Kitchens at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Items on display in exhibits in the former kitchens of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul. The row of massive kitchens that once fed the palace's inahbitants and guests has been converted into museum space displaying some of the tools and utensils used there. On a peninsula overlooking both the Bosphorus Strait and the Golden Horn, Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign over Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire. Today it is one of Istanbul's primary tourist attractions.