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Courtyard at Topkapi Palace

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Topkapi Palace is one of my favourite things in Istanbul, it is just amazing, full of colours and decorations, especially the harem… All the jewellery, clothes, even carpets and tableware are decorated with precious stones, diamonds and pearls – unfortunately it is not allowed to take any pictures. There is even a cradle made of pure gold and decorated with diamonds. And there is astonishing pearl-shaped 86 carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond. The legend says that a poor fisherman founded it in the rubbish and changed it for three spoons, because they didn’t know that it is a raw diamond. In the fact it is for sure stolen. But who cares.