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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for...
This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
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Only if you visit this incredible palace you can realise the mentality .way of thinking of eastern power...What is the difference between east and west.Also recommend .here to buy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We came to the Palace on our first day in Istanbul and we waited 30 minutes to buy a ticket (which we thought was very reasonable as it was a Monday about midday!) We didn't buy the tickets for the haram so just explored the palace. Firstly, you only get a map of the palace if you purchase the audio... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Only if you visit this incredible palace you can realise the mentality .way of thinking of eastern power...What is the difference between east and west.Also recommend .here to buy museum Pass only 85 TL for 5days -you can visit all museums of Istanbul.

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Westmount, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Our family (children of 12 and 14). enjoyed the visit of this museum. It is a must to understand Turkey and the glorious past of the Ottoman Empire. Like every where else in Turkey, the members of the staff were pleasant, helpful and courteous. The staff in the souvenir shop where honest. They clearly explained that the articles for sale... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The palace and compounds are very large and there is a lot to see, The Imperial Council chamber, Harem, Treasury, Marble Terrace etc. A fascinating tour.

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Leitrim, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

spent about an hour and half queuing to get in, then very long queues once inside, very expensive, only one toilet available for many hundred people, very disappointed with what we saw, complete waste of time. many better places to see in Istanbul

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

you have to be aware of the long queues. so you have to be patient. you can buy your tickets also from the machines. the tickets are taken from left hand side but in a very low position. dont forget to take your tickets! and you should pay the extra fee and see the harem. it is the best part!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Will recommend not to rent the self-guided recorded tour as I almost everything inside has something written so you know everything to know AND I my wife and I saw than had almost 500 point where you should go to listen the self-guided recorded tour. This place has an overwhelming amount of information, and displays and expositions and rooms that... More 

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Jhb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Unlike the ultra ostentatious palaces of the modern western world the Topkapi Palace is a pleasant departure in that it is quite obvious that it belonged to royalty, and yet was designed and created with humility. A marvellous change from the extravagance of Typical European palaces. At this time of the year the gardens are unbelievable in their richness of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Having visited most of the palaces around the world this is a reminder of the bygone Ottoman Sultans who lived and ruled for generations.Found a lot of fascinating stuff like the costumes,Jewellery,the thrones and there was a special section in the palace that harbours the holy relics brought from Saudi Arabia when the Turks ruled and had been preserved very... More 

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Kastoria, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

the palace is great and is a must visit to see the luxury and the beauty of the ottoman era.and also visit the charem and the museum inside the top kapi.most of the days are too crowded and have to wait in lines to watch the museum rooms

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