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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 642 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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Xewkija, Malta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A must see. Visit early in the morning to avoid long lines. If you're travelling alone read more about the place to appreciate more what you're seeing.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

At first I was not a big fan because they had told me it would take me a long time to go to all of it, but at the end the experience was so worth it specially if its your first time in Istanbul.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Stunning entrance to the grounds of the Sultan. Beautiful gardens and entrances to all areas of the Palace. Display of weapons and bejewelled belongings. Additional fee to see the Harem area.

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

They need to provide a cover over the ticket lines because the lines are in the sun and it is very hot. Go into the bathroom in the gift shop, which is right next door, to cool off and put wet towels on your neck so you can tolerate the heat on the ticket line. Other than the heat and... More

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Perth WA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This palace is an absolute must when visiting Istanbul. The treasury, harem (costs extra), relics and decorations alone make it worthwhile. Best to get there early in peak seasons. I did not appreciate the extent of the wealth and power of the Ottoman Empire until I saw this palace and its contents. Amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

An outstanding visit which needs half a day. We did the Harem first as recommended and the tiling is absolutely amazing; the museums are incredible with so many artefacts to see and appreciate and you can spend a considerable time just admiring the wonderful views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Well worth getting the museum card and not to... More

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California's Wine Coast Country, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This will take a half day. Again, go early to avoid he bus crowd. Head straight to the haram. Then do the rest. See the jewels. My wife liked the 86 carat diamond. I liked the box of rocks. The rocks were emeralds. The restaurant at the edge of the southeast wall is expensive. The views are great.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Topkapi is one of those sites not to be missed. Perhaps the crown jewel of Ottoman architecture with most outstanding tile work. The Harem and Treasury are not to be missed. HINT try to arrive a bit after opening time and give yourself at least 4 hours. By the afternoon the most popular areas are crowded and some are very... More

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were in a small group of 20 and visited 4 major attractions whilst in Istanbul. We loved it. Although we arrived pretty much blind of what to expect, we would definitely comeback. Plenty of history which totally opened our eyes! Especially the river which separates Europe from Asia.

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Kot Daska, Punjab, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

in january 2013 i visited istunbol turkey .during city tour i visited topkapi palace sultans mahal .got history of islam .saw hair of holy prophet muhammad peace be upon him .my son and my daughter enjoyed this also.ottoman history inspired me a lot .but tour guide gave us so less time to see all.still insufficient .desire to go back there... More

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