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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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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful and interesting place. We were able to view the harem quarters, the main palace and see many of the beautiful art and other antiquities that were collected by the Sultans. The grounds are well kept and very beautiful It was interesting to see the different areas of the palace and how only certain members of the household... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I visited Topkapi Palace as part of a one day trip to Istanbul from Turkey. The palace has a lot of things to see and do including that incredible diamond!! But is also a good place to spend the afternoon and have some lunch.

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Meridian, Idaho
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Very nice to view the artifacts here. The grounds and location are also very nice. If you have time and just want to browse a very nice place to visit.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I have visited palaces all over the world. This was never looted and everything is still intact. A must see! Paying the extra fee to see the Harem buildings makes the experience well worth it! The self tour takes longer than you think it will. Plan half a day! End your tour with a snack near the water and drink... More

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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Go early, the lines can be long. The palace is now a museum and there are several things of interest: christian and muslim icons (the staff of Moses, skull of John the Baptist, hairs from the beard of Muhammed), jewels, historic books and china collections and the sultan's clothing. The palace itself has some interesting architecture, particularly in the kitchens.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW via mobile

We grabbed the audio guide for the palace and Harem and we found this to be one of the more interesting places to visit in Istanbul.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Topkapi palace is worth 30TL and more. The palace grounds are lush green and soothing to the eye. The Armour, watches and the treasury sections are far excellence with some exquisite and unique collections. They are well kept and displayed well....though no photography is allowed due to obvious reasons. The rose garden of the palace is ok and the... More

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We made the mistake and went to Topkapi in the afternoon. By that time the biggest crowds had amassed. Even without crowds, I suggest you allocate at least 4 hours to see everything and plan to arrive in the morning when the palace opens.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I visited this landmark with a guide and I'm very glad I did. The palace is steeped in history. Best advice get a guide, well worth it.

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Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Comparatively small place but maintained well. Typically crowded in the morning by 11am, especially when the cruise passengers visit in large groups. English translations of boards are sometimes horrible. Many places were closed for renovations, but overall good.

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