by Şerif Yenen

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm (EST)

A virtual guided tour by Şerif Yenen, prominent travel specialist, writer, tourist guide, and travel filmmaker.


Topkapi Palace

Topkapı Palace, the imperial residence of the Sultan, his court and Harem, was also the center of the state administration. It has many exhibition halls, the Treasury section, and Harem.

The Topkapı Palace was the Ottomans’ second palace in Istanbul. Its construction was started in 1459 and completed in 1478. As each succeeding sultan ascended to the throne, new parts were added to the palace, reflecting different tastes and styles of architecture of four centuries. The changes were made for reasons of practicality, to commemorate victorious campaigns, or to repair damage caused by earthquakes and fire.

The Topkapı Palace housed each of the Ottoman Sultans from Sultan Mehmed II to Sultan Abdülmecid, covering nearly four centuries and 25 Sultans. In 1924 the palace was turned into a museum.


Serif YenenŞerif Yenen is a Turkish travel specialist, travel writer, tourist guide and travel film-maker.

He gives Cultural Heritage of Turkey, Travel Writing & Blogging, Anatolian Civilisations and Tourist Guiding lessons as a part-time instructor at the Bilgi and Boğaziçi Universities.

He wrote “Turkish Odyssey” in English, the “first guidebook of Turkey ever written by a Turk”.

He is the producer, director and writer of Istanbul Unveiled, an awards-winning travel documentary with eight international awards.

Yenen gives lectures in the US and Turkey about travel in Turkey, Turkish history and culture. The majority of his lectures are in academic communities.

His guidebooks are used as textbooks or are on suggested reading lists at various universities, and his articles and columns are published in international magazines and national newspapers.

He continues his signature tours with a focus on culture, history and culinary experiences. He is also a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs.


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