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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: 1-2 hours
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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 to see how the sultans used to live...the museum pass is great for all the museums and especially this one...the harem..war section...kitchens...islamic relics...all were... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing to see how the sultans used to live...the museum pass is great for all the museums and especially this one...the harem..war section...kitchens...islamic relics...all were amazing to see...if you need a break after a while theres nice garden areas to relax and a cafe restaurant in the vicinity right next to the bosphorus..AMAZING

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I finally managed to visit this storage place especially because of the relics of the Prophet Muhammad. I went there quite late around 4 o'clock which gave me only 45 minutes to see the palace I spent the majority of this time in the Muslim historic suction where are you saw many important historic Muslim relics suck as keys of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There's absolutely no point visiting Istanbul without taking the time to see this jaw dropping world wonder. BTW, only buy ticket to the official counter... some tourists are buying fake tickets. LOL!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A palace exhibiting life in the bygone era. Dont miss the Harem area.thats the most beautiful part of the palace showcasing the grandeur of the past.We couldnt find the entarance of the Harems,so had to walk aaround the grounds,but its right at the left end of the entrance.We visited in the afternoon and there was no queue at all. Be... More 

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Grand Casablanca Region, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing place where you can admire and contemplate the magnificent jewels of the sultans......The biggest Diamond in the world.......The thrones of the sultans......Rubbies, diamonds, pearls, emeraulds......WAW Beautiful tress around.......

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As it is a very big museum house, you should wear comfortable shoes. Lots of beautiful tiles, lots to see and lots of security. If you come there with museum card you will avoid crowded lines for tickets. Try to come as early as possible. Right now they are restoring few thins so we did not see everything. But it... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit! Displays of items belonging to the prophets. Items kept in remarkable condition, considering how old they are. was unable to visit the Harem section alone, without purchasing a complete ticket for the whole museum again, including the section i'd already seen the day before!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a place where more than 20 countries ruled in past... You can see what they wear, what they use in war, in normal life, where they sleep, where they cook.... You can exactly see the history with your own eyes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Topkapi palace is stunning and has many interesting stories to tell. However, I felt the experience was ruined by having to wait in line after line in order to see the artifacts in each separate room of the structure. After awhile, weapon after weapon, tile after tile, and one ceramic piece after another becomes quite dull. I wouldn't recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the visit. Make sure you pay the additional 20tl to visit the harem- interesting history and beautifully decorated.

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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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