Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001

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The Harem
The Fourth Courtyard
The Arms and Armour Exhibition
The Divan
The Hellenic Collection
The Ancient Orient Collection

The Fourth Courtyard is made up of a collection of celebratory pavilions and the Konyali restaurant.

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Near the center of the Fourth Courtyard is a small pavilion, displaying beautiful oriental cabinets.   A close up look of the cabinet shows many drawers and fine artwork on the inner doors.
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Looking upward in the same pavilion reveals the fantastic ceiling and windows around the perimeter.   Outside of the pavilion is the terrace fountain, visible in this picture is the Baghdad Pavilion.

The Baghdad Pavilion is so named because it was built by Sultan Murat IV to celebrate his capture of Baghdad.

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The interior of the Baghdad Pavilion is all blue/white tile work. A brass fireplace is in the foreground of this picture.   The other side of the pavilion has sofas, bookshelves, windows.

The veranda around the Baghdad Pavilion offered great views of Istanbul... in fact, the whole Fourth Courtyard offers the best views from the palace.

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Looking southwest from the Baghdad Pavilion back toward the palace, you can see the back of the Harem and the Circumcision Pavilion.   Looking west into the "old" part of Istanbul, the Bazaar Quarter, you can see the Beyazit Tower on the left, and the Süleymaniye Mosque near the center of the picture.
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Looking northwest up the Golden Horn, you can see the Galata and Atatürk bridges.   Again from the Baghdad Pavilion veranda, this time looking east across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul.

We left the Baghdad Pavilion onto an open terrace with a beautiful fountain on it.

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The pool and fountain on the terrace, on the right in the picture is the Circumcision Pavilion.   Coming around the pool and fountain, now beside the Circumcision Pavilion, looking across at the Victory Pavilion.

Unfortunately, the Circumcision Pavilion was closed for renovations - a sign near the pavilion talked about the pavilion being originally restored in 1640! It is called the Circumcision Pavilion because the crown princes were circumcised there. Fortunately, the Victory Pavilion was open.

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The entrance way to the Victory Pavilion, constructed of fitted marble.   A look at the walls and windows of the Victory Pavilion. All the walls are covered in tile.
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The central dome of the Victory Pavilion is beautifully painted.   The Victory Pavilion has three alcoves, this is a view of one of the ceilings in the alcoves.

Ready for lunch, we left the Victory Pavilion and crossed the Fourth Courtyard to the Konyali restaurant. As we headed over to the Konyali restaurant, we got some fabulous views of the Bosphorus and Asian side of Istanbul.

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Looking southeast, the Konyali restaurant below us, the Bosphorus and the Asian side of Istanbul.   Due south you can see some of the Princes Islands and where the Bosphorus Channel opens up into the Marmara Sea.
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The front of the Konyali restaurant.   At the table in the Konyali restaurant, looking at the nine-language menu offered.

After lunch, we left the restaurant and saw the schoolchildren pouring into the Fourth Courtyard. Time to head back toward the Third Courtyard.

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