Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
The Alay Pavilion at Topkapi Palace
|Also known as:||The Ceremominial Pavilion|
Text by Wayne Lorentz
Commissioned by Sultan Mahmud II, this small outpost along the wall of Topkapi Palace allowed dignitaries to view military parades coming up Alemdar Caddesi and into Sultanahmet. The building is essentially a turret in a strategic corner of the wall -- ten sides topped by a Ottoman dome and flanked on two sides by viewing galleries. The windows are covered with brightly-painted wooden grills to offer a measure of privacy to the viewers and keep them safe from adversaries.
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