2. Topkapi Palace

Construction on Topkapi Palace began in the 1400s, and during the fifteenth century, it served as the main home for the Ottoman Sultans. As you might expect for such a grand estate, the palace is architecturally stunning with incredibly opulent gardens and rooms. Today, Topkapi Palace is partially open to the public as a museum and visitor site. It is home to the most extensive unique collection of Chinese pottery outside of China, dating back to the 13th century. Topkapi Palace also has religious relics, which include some of the Holy Mantle of the Prophet; hair from the Prophet's beard; and the footprints, letters, bow, and sword of the Prophet.

Topkapi Palace Istanbul, Turkey. RuslanKaln / Getty Images

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