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Address: Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul topkapisarayimuzesi@kulturturizm.gov.tr, 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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Lots of beautiful relics are stored here including the famous dagger from the the 1964 film duly named 'Topkapi'. Also a huge 84 carat diamond, and some religious relics.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of beautiful relics are stored here including the famous dagger from the the 1964 film duly named 'Topkapi'. Also a huge 84 carat diamond, and some religious relics.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You can not leave Istambul if you don't visit the Palace, you have to check the harem of course but in my opinion the BEST exhibitions are the Royal Jewelry and the weapons (swords, armors, etc), of course you can also see the foot print of Muhammad but for me the Weaponds and the Jewelry were the BEST.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Long queues and quite crowded like all major attractions. Not like a Palace - more a museum. Fascinating insight into Turkish empire life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Pretty incredible palace, primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for around 400 years and home to over 4000 people during the reign. Now a UNESCO world heritage sight, for a reason! Check it out, but remember closed on Tuesdays

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Of course you must visit this place! Try get a tour guide so you can get good explanation in every part of this palace, its interesting. The museum have 86 carat diamond and Moses' staff that part the Red Sea. I was amazed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting, with a ton of booty from the height Ottoman Empire and other relics. Coffee on the terrace of the cafe overlooking the Bosphorus makes the visit even more enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Our first attempt at visiting Topkapi ended in failure as it was closed - armed guards at the gate - due to an official event, which judging by the number of other bemused tourists milling around, appeared to be unannounced. My advice therefore is not to leave this place to your last day, as you really do not want to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Sitting high atop the hill at the far east corner of Old Istanbul the Palace overlooks the entrance to the Bosphorus Straits and Golden Horn. Some stunning views and the adjoining park is well laid out and a relaxing place to stroll round

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The place itself is quite historical and worthwhile to see. Make sure you check out the opening hours before you get there. The material shown is nice and puts you back in history, provides good flavour of history. Also the view to the Bosporus is quite nice! However, prices of entry and service (cafe, restaurant) are very much overpriced. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Topkapi Palace is filled with rich Ottoman culture. It is a master piece of different famous architects from different eras of the Ottoman Empire, including Mimar Sinan’s designs. It is amazing to see such history in a single construction. Topkapı Palace a great place to see how a great empire was once run. You’ll need a full day to see... More 

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