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The weaponry used by the Ottoman army was manufactured in various workshops and stored in armories called “cebehâne” where their maintenance and repairs would also be done. The first Ottoman “cebehâne” was established in Edirne. Following the conquest of Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed II converted the Church of Hagia Eirene in Topkapı Palace’s First Courtyard into a cebehâne, for which purpose this building would continue to be used until the late 19th century. In 1846, at the initiative of... ...More
Among the most invaluable collections in the Topkapı Palace Museum is its Chinese porcelain collection, displayed in the palace’s Imperial Kitchens (Matbah-ı Âmire) together with the Japanese porcelain collection. This unique collection, which consists of more than 10,000 pieces, is the largest porcelain collection outside of China and is particularly important in that it showcases the uninterrupted historical development of porcelain from the 13th century to the early 20th century. The... ...More
Copper works, an important part of Topkapı Palace’s kitchenware, are exhibited in the Confectionery House (Helvahâne) where sweets such as halva, candies, the gumlike candy called “macun”, “baklava”, many other confections and also soap were produced for the use of the palace residents. All of the pots used to cook food in the palace kitchens are made entirely of copper. These pots are quite big, since they were used to serve all those resident in the palace. This would amount to food for at... ...More
There are approximately 5,000 examples of porcelain ware produced in various countries in Europe in the palace collection. These pieces comprise German, French, Austrian, and Russian porcelains produced between the beginning of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century as well as faïence from Warsaw, Italy, and Spain. Among these works (an important part of which entered the palace collection by way of purchase transfer from Yıldız Palace) are many early period European porcelains... ...More
The sultans would observe the items in the treasury as if taking part in a special ceremony. In addition to being great works of art, the items also have great historical, monetary, and spiritual value. Since the treasury was, in effect, a memento of the royal family, the sultans showed special care in enriching its collection. The items in the treasury were originally kept in chests and cupboards that would only be opened on the occasion of the sultans’ visitation. It was Sultan Abdülmecid (r... ...More