Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey was on hand recently for the re-opening of several sections of Istanbul's famous Topkapı Palace, including the 15th century weapons exhibit, the fourth courtyard and the kitchen.
The construction of the Palace was begun in 1459 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Byzantine Constantinople, and was completed in the 19th century. It covers 350 square meters of land. The Prime Minister said, “Our ancestors ruled three continents and left invaluable monuments everywhere they went. Today, we are rediscovering all of these historic monuments and bringing them to the light of day. This is because a nation that is not aware of its past will not achieve its goals for the future."