Unfortunately due to enormous queues for this popular attraction and a short time in Istanbul on this trip, we did not get beyond the front gates, but even still the photos give you a feel for what lies beyond.
The Bab-üs-Selam or Orta Kapı (The Gate of Salutation) is the entrance to the second courtyard of the Palace, entry past this point is by ticket only. It is not know when this was constructed as the architecture of the towers has Byzantine influences rather than Ottoman. Looking at the design of the gate and towers I was half expecting to see Knights on horseback.
This first courtyard that we are walking around was the outer park area and was also known as the Court of the Janissaries or Parade Court. Court Officials and Janissaries would line the path leading up to The Gate of Salutation to greet guests.
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Again here you get a glimpse of the Sea of Marmara and the 'New Istanbul' as it is referred to, with its busy port.