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Blachernae Palace-The Palace of Porphyrogenitus

The Palace of Porphyrogenitus is located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood of Istanbul, near the city walls and close by the Chora Museum. In Turkish history, the palace is known as the “Empire’s Home.” It is unknown exactly when or by whom this palace was built. But the palace was named after the emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus VII in the 10th century. Although the palace was also known as the “High Palace,” it served as a part of Blachernae Palace. The Byzantine emperors often preferred to stay at this palace between the 12th and 14th centuries.

Following years after the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, the palace lost its value and was abandoned for many years. According to a rumor, the Spoon Maker Diamond (Kasikci Diamond), 86 carats, was found in the palace in the 17th century. The diamond is on display in Topkapi Palace. The Palace of Porphyrogenitus serves as a museum where you can see the civil Byzantine architecture.

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