A few days ago my dad left for Nova Scotia. We went with my grandfather to Istanbul for 2 nights.We visited Topkapi palace. Topkapi palace was the home of the ottoman sultans for 400y years. It’s a huge palace famous for it’s harem. The harem is where the sultan kept his wives and also had important meetings. 4000 people lived at Topkapi palace in it’s peak. Contruction began 1459 by Sultan Mehmed 3 the conqueror, of Byzantine Constantinople. Also in Topkapi palace there is one of the world’s biggest diamond, to see it there was a big lineup. The diamond is called the spoonmakers diamond. 1670 a very poor man found a pretty stone in the garbage in Istanbul he bartered it to a spoonmaker for 3 wooden spoons. The Harem where they lived looked surprisingly kozy.