Visiting Topkapi Palace Museum
Hum 111, Assignment3
Mark A. Coppelli
For this assignment I didn’t have time go to museums near where I live. But I have been in the Topkapi Palace Museum April 2011 by myself when I went to visit my family in Turkey. Before I go to my home town I have had time between two flights from Istanbul to Trabzon and I decided to go to Topkapi Palace which I wanted to do something I never got change to do before and it was close distance which I can go there with subway less than fifteen minutes. It was very exiting experience for me because I was visiting a museum for first time and I knew there are some pieces belongs to our prophet Hz.Mohammed (s.a.v.) and other prophets before him I wanted to see them always finally I had change to visit them. When I first enter the museum that atmosphere made me a different person than I was I do not know why I felt like I was living in the palace it seemed everything come alive and they were talking to me. Every wall every piece in the museum have had some things to tell about what they were witness in their time. First place I went in the Topkapi Palace Museum was Privy Room it is the place where they were exhibiting Holly Relics. “This room contains religious objects sent to the Ottoman sultans at various times between Sultan Selim the Grim’s assumption of the caliphate in the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. The caliphate passed from the Abbasids to the Ottomans with Selim’s conquest of Mamluk Egypt in 1517, upon which event the Holy Mantle of the Prophet (Hýrka-i Sa`âdet) was given to Selim by al-Mutawakkil III, the last Abbasid caliph. The dispatching of holy relics to Istanbul would continue thereafter, particularly during the period of increasing Wahhabi assaults on holy places and objects in the late 18th and the 19th century, when such objects were gradually removed to the Chamber of the Holy Relics for greater protection. Similarly, the holy objects...
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