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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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Royalty at its best

The palace was an amazing historical attraction. To be standing where the sultan and his subjects one stood was awe-inspiring. The intricate designs on the doors and walls were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The palace was an amazing historical attraction. To be standing where the sultan and his subjects one stood was awe-inspiring. The intricate designs on the doors and walls were mesmerizing. The courtyard was spacious and very unique. I definitely recommend anyone to visit the Topkapi Palace.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Definitely a must to see in Istanbul – but all those queues! You first need to queue to get the tickets and then queue again to several sections or the palace. We gave up after a couple of hours, so unfortunately didn’t manage to see all the sections open now (part of the treasury was closed for renovation).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Top Kapi Palace in Istanbul must be one of the most depressing palaces in the world.. Most of the rooms are dark, with high ceilings, and full of blue tiles,which may be beautifully decorated but the general impression is dull and kitsch.There are so many isolated chambers and rooms and the exhibition items are not that interesting. I only... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The worst place ever had been in Istanbul Too crowded Couldn't see anything Expensive tickets to get in 30 lires I don't recommend to go there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must see visit in Istanbul, but expect long lines for the various exhibits. The harem section is a separate entrance fee and not included on most tours, but to me is the highlight of the visit. It is much less crowded than the rest of the palace due to the extra fee. There are beautiful tiles throughout.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

What a fabulously constructed building this is, which is a 'must visit' when in Istanbul. Situated right in the central area, it cannot be missed. Well worth spending some time, with a tour guide if possible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely palace to visit whilst in Istanbul as it's big and spread over a large area. At the back of the main palace where the Summer Houses are located there are wonderful views over the Bosphorus and adjoining rivers which make a lovely photo opportunity. There are a number of special exhibitions located inside various buildings on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The entrance was a bit much (30TL if I remember right), but it was worth it. The palace is nice, especially the balcony towards Bosphorus. The museum is interesting, there are different areas, one for life in the palace, one for treasures&jewellery and one with artifacts related to Islam, Mohamed and related people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Topkapi Palace is beautiful. Plan to spend 2-3 hours there to really appreciate it all. It is probably best to go early to avoid the rush of people. I would also recommend a guide or headset to guide you. We didn't do that and I don't think we got everything we could out of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It is awesome place for people who want to learn somethings about history.During the our Turkey visit, it was one of the best places.We spend more than 3 hours and the treasures of Palace was amazing.

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