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Topkapi Palace

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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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Spend the 15 TL for the Harem

I just got back from Turkey and took my kids, 9 and 10 to see the Topkapi Palace. Last time I was there was 20 years ago, and I can't believe how crowded it was this time around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I just got back from Turkey and took my kids, 9 and 10 to see the Topkapi Palace. Last time I was there was 20 years ago, and I can't believe how crowded it was this time around. Despite arriving early in the morning we had to wait in line for ages to see the Diamond and the Dagger, by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Get there early to avoid the crowds waiting in line to purchase tickets. If you have the Istanbul Museum Pass, that helps (but purchase it elsewhere-do not buy it at the palace itself, again due to long lines). We spent most of our time in the Harem-do that part first then do the rest of the palace (where they have... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A nice place with intersting buildings but you would expect simply more. Renovation / restauration. Better use of space with quality catering. Exhibition of more things and not only a few dozens. Compare the french, russian or prussian palaces and you know what I mean. Turkey has so much to show !

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must see but very crowded on Sunday afternoon during the summer. I would suggest asking when is the best time to visit.

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sheffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This place is another of Istanbul's 'hot list' and you do need several hours to get around it. I am jot particularly into palaces but this was certainly worth a visit and don't forget to pay the extra fee to visit the Harem. There are various etrances but I would suggest entering from Gulhance Park is it is quiter, rather... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous architecture and really interesting to find out more about Turkish history and see how the Sultans lived. This has to be a place you visit when coming to Istanbul. Just remember to wear or bring comfortable shoes with you as there is a lot of walking and also a lot of waiting in queues.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Some parts of the palace are undergoing renovations at the time of this visit. Enjoyed the gem exhibits in the treasury, the kitchen/cooking exhibits and the Harem section. The relics section was very crowded and slow. Beautiful views of the Bosphorus from several locations around the palace. I do prefer the Dolmabahce Palace as it still contains original furnishings and... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We reserved whole day only for Topkapı Sarayı. It is an absolute must-see in Turkey, not only Istanbul. Wonderful, richly ornamented walls, ceramic tiles, which I love - everything was so beautiful! As there are separate admissions to Topkapı (30YTL), Harem (15 YTL) and Hagia Irene (20 YTL), we used Museum Pass Istanbul (85 YTL for 5 days), which is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I was more exited by the wonderful park full of tulips and amazing Bosporus views, than by the architecture and the exhibitions. I guess the exhibitions would be a great fun for the ammunition and diamonds lovers, I mostly enjoyed the fairy tale atmosphere and the cheesy rumors about the sultans and their wives. I would definitely love to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Had to visit this place as I always remember the film. This again is very attractive place to visit with many of the rooms having been restored to their original glory and the highlight must be the jewel room which houses the very famous dagger. Not only are the rooms worth visiting but the views from the balconies are just... More 

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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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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.
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