The administrative centre of an empire that spanned three continents. The imperial residence of the Ottoman dynasty. An Outstanding center of education for the statesmen and their wives, preparing them for their future roles. An academy of art that nourished the Ottoman art, elevating it to a level of prominence. This unique complex of structures is different from all other palaces in Europe and the Islamic world. One of the richest palace-museums of our times with over 86,000 relics and artifacts. A timeless monument offering the treasures of the past.