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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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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #16 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
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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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Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The queues are inevitable but moving so admission was less painful than anticipated. To get the few negatives out of the way first; the 'holy' relics, e.g. the rod of Abraham etc. I would take with a pinch of salt (as elsewhere, claims of fragments of the True Cross). Some of the rooms, especially the Treasures were disappointing in terms... More

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I came late in the afternoon walked the whole way from Yenikapi where I had booked in on Marmaray hotel. A very long walk! When I came to Hagia Sofia I thought Topkapi would just be around the corner,my feet were hurting! But it was another almost as long walk.I had no Turkish Lira on me and had to change... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A must see in Istanbul, book the haren visit also. Arrive early to avoid long lines and wait. Book a audio guide.

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Glenside
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you need to make a choice between Sultahnamet sites, this is probably the best one to see. Good range of historical artefacts and architecture. Best done with a guide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Slightly expensive - and thronging (queueing unavoidable on busy days), but amazing history fo the Sultans, their harem, mothers-in-law, eunuchs, etc. Lovely views across the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Many amazing pieces of art and historical treasures to see. Unmissable on a visit to Istanbul

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is hard to mention - jostling with sweaty crowded masses of which you are part - the past glories of this great palace. It is a slightly shabby , albeit fascinating, faded ghost without the inhabitants and the dazzling grandeur of the court which created it . Enough remnants are there - the museum contains some of the worlds... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

loads to see on this trip, my advise would be to go early in the morning before the crowds. The gold and diamonds are jaw dropping. You could spend nearly all day here if there wasn't so much to see in istanbul.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

And this is why you book tours! We were arriving on Tuesday on our Regal Princess cruise. The Palace is closed on Tuesdays for cleaning, but if you were on a Princess excursion, they opened the Palace for tours. We had an excellent guide and were fortunate to see this outstanding palace. You don't need to be covered for this... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Didn't quite meet our expectations for a palace. Rooms were pretty uninteresting and the lines long. You really don't get to see much of it. I wouldn't prioritize it as a place to visit if you have limited time in Istanbul.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What riches the sultan's acquired! A vast complex, apparently with a capacity of some 4000 folk during its heyday. Opulent jewelled ornaments and clothing take centre stage. A worthwhile visit, but beware - the crowds shove and push, so allow time to see everything.

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