ISTANBUL__Today we were granted one of the best things a college student could ask for, a later start to the day than normal! We all gathered in the cafeteria a full hour later than normal, and had small meals to give us energy for the long day ahead. To start our journey we took the metro to a cable car, and the cable car to the tram where we walked a good distance to the Topkapi Palace, which is where the sultans used to live.
There were many rooms with different types of artifacts in the castle, such as flasks, clothing of sultans, and the world’s 4th largest diamond. The diamond, dubbed the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, is 86 carats, teardrop shaped, and surrounded by many other smaller diamonds. It was magnificent to see something so valuable up close and personal. After the rooms of artifacts, we ventured further in the palace compound to discover walls of beautiful mosaics, a building where ceremonial circumsions were done, and overlooks the Bosphorus.