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Topkapi Palace

Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul topkapisarayimuzesi@kulturturizm.gov.tr, Turkey
(0212) 522 44 22
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Ranked #17 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description:  Ottoman Relics Tour by Tourqo.com (SAC2) Half Day Afternoon Tour (Walking Tour) Topkapı Palace was the main residence of the sultan and his court.It... more »
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We only spent 2 hours there as we had to go visit the other tourist attraction but it is easily possibly to spend the entire day. Tickets are now 30 Lera but there is so much to see when inside. As mentioned by others, this place is more a museum than a palace. They have fantastic artefacts and beautiful grounds.... More

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Piraeus, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Topkapi is a gorgeous palace with many rooms to visit and admire. Rooms for the Sultan, his mother, his wife, the Harrem, even though the kitchen make you feel like living in that era. You can see all the things they used in their life, their clothes, weapons, dishes, all the gifts from the European kings. All these are very... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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46 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours or more if you really want to see most of the exhibition halls. Once you are inside and in the line amongst the other tourists (very very crowded), you just have to stay in the line moving slowly forward while passing all the exhibitions, like the crown jewels (biggest diamond) and the... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We were impressed by the palace's historical significance but less impressed by the actual place. It just feels like something is missing. There is an endless number of mostly empty rooms where some sort of display would help bring things to life. The Harem could be made to feel really special with a little effort, but it misses the mark... More

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Madrid, Spain
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We would've loved to explore every nook and cranny, but due to time constraints, we could only power through a few of the exhibits. Seeing everything would take the better part of a day. I would advise getting there early to avoid long queues for entrance, jewels rooms, and sacred artifacts exhibit. The museum pass lets you bypass the entrance... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Topkapi Palace most amazing attraction are the gardens, expansive campus, and the illustrious Treasury, where you can see the world's biggest DIAMOND behind strongly guarded glass (!) it's absolutely gorgeous, all the jewels, and the Harem is lovely too. If you want to see a real 'Palace' however, you MUST visit Dolmabahce Palace and Ciragan Palace. You won't regret it... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

To gain an understanding of Turkish history and the Ottoman Empire, Topkai Palace is a must. We went in an organised tour group and only scratched the surface. Allow at least half a day to even begin to get a decent view of this palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You can get a glimpse into the luxorious life led by the Ottoman Sultans and their families by visiting Topkapi. To see the whole palace properly you need at least half a day and preferable a whole day. Plenty of green areas and sitting areas inside the palace to relax. Also there are great views of the Bosphorus from parts... More

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Dublin Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a must on any visit to Istanbul. The palace where the Sultans of Turkey ruled the Ottoman Empire-the biggest ever- for five hundred years. See they clothes, their jewels, treasures of all sorts which came from all over the world. Do pay a visit to the Harem. If you read a bit of the history prior to going... More

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Lighthouse Point, Florida
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

You have to see it, but be prepared for crowds. The lines to give your ticket were long and you had to push your way through. It was better once you got past that as the palace had many courtyards that could handle all the people. There was a nice restaurant at the very back on the water. Nice view.

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