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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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Amazing treasury! But the most interesting area was the Harem (need to purchase a separate ticket for this). The rooms of the sultan are well-preserved and worth the extra ticket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Amazing treasury! But the most interesting area was the Harem (need to purchase a separate ticket for this). The rooms of the sultan are well-preserved and worth the extra ticket price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Took time out in the heat to sit and wonder at this oasis in the heart of Istanbul. Beautiful garden. Just walk up the hill from the ferry terminal following the tram tracks and you will find information boards in multiple languages

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I cannot contest it's splendor and enormity or a slice of history revisited by scores of visitors. ..all in all a bewutiful facade Beautiful walkway..beautiful structure.. But yet I felt amiss here.. I felt the walk was way too long to lead inside and then suddenly it felt a damp squib...coz each room had long lines With a kid in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Get a guide else you won't learn enough about what you are seeing. The history of this palace is really interesting. And the antiquities and jewels on display are amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was my favourite of all the places I visited on my short visit to Istanbul. It was easy to get to excellent value for money and so beautiful. We bought the museum pass to avoid the queues, so much to see, excellent !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Amazing place to walk around and learn about the Ottoman empire. How they lived, the tile mosaics are amazing very well preserved

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Give yourself some time. There is a lot to see. Long line to see the jewels. You pay extra for the Harem, but it's worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

One of the highlights of Istanbul. Easy to spend many hours there. Mosiac work throughout outstanding. Explanatory plaques very helpful. Surrounding gardens just wonderful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The Topkapi Palace has some wonderful gardens to see. You also get an insight into what life was like in the past. You see the kitchen and learn about how many people they cooked for. On my tour i learned that several buildings had been used for several things. I found it quite interesting. The grounds are quite extensive but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The palace is big and impressive with a lot of to see, with rose gardens, small fountains, different museums and nice views. It is a must visit when you are in Istanbul. It will take you at least 4-5 hours so eat before you enter it because the food inside is too expensive.

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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.