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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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Topkapi palace is near Aya Sofia - original place, where sultan lived is good to see. What´s really nice is old Harem with lot of decorated rooms. Be aware, that you need to pay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Topkapi palace is near Aya Sofia - original place, where sultan lived is good to see. What´s really nice is old Harem with lot of decorated rooms. Be aware, that you need to pay admission fee for Harem separately (15 TL), you cannot use ticket to Topkapi palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

There's lots to see here and you could easily spend a few hours here if you have the time. It's worth paying the extra fee to see the Harem. Some of the views from the gardens are great. The jewels in the Treasury are also worth a look.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

WAYS TOO MANY PEOPLE and the lines were outrageous. However we enjoyed our time here and we would come back during low season. The lines to get into a lot of the places were minimum 100 people - therefore we opted not to see much of the inside of the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The grounds are gorgeous and the museums on site are well done. I did not see the kitchens are regret that after hearing how interesting they were. I did visit the museum with the artifacts of Joseph and the Prophet Mohammed. I highly recommend at least 3 hours to fully enjoy this special place.

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San Antonio, Texas
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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