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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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Should plan at least four hours to sample just a taste of this cultural gem. I used one of the on-site guides.. and was disappointed. Would have been wiser to retain the services... read more

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

Should plan at least four hours to sample just a taste of this cultural gem. I used one of the on-site guides.. and was disappointed. Would have been wiser to retain the services of an independent guide with special knowledge of Topkapi. As is most often the case, you get what you pay for. The palace itself, however, is beautiful...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It is a large old palace in old the distrect in Istanbul. You need one full day or maybe more to be able to see each room. Not because the palace is large but because the long lines for each room. If you lucky maybe you will be there with less tour buses out there. It is the destination for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

lots to see - but watch out for the massive queues to see the Treasury or the Hareem. Get their early and see these first. The café is not cheap compared to other places but has a beautiful view over the Bosphorus and was worth the extra lira to sit and enjoy lunch. Clock collection is amazing as is the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This place is huge, and the number of people visiting it are enormous, even though we didn't travel during peak tourist season. The grounds were beautiful, and the various rooms are very well preserved. But, the lines were huge to visit the treasury room, and it enormously wasted our time, not to mention how tired we got, and it really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I was expecting to like this but was not prepared for the massiveness of the complex. We went in late April (before the heavy tourist season) and though there were many people there, the lines for the limited entry rooms were not longer than 10 minutes. Depending on how much you like architecture, beautiful and exotic tile work, and museums... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Very busy in the Treasury rooms - go there first. Don't miss the clock and arms and armour collections, but you aren't a Muslim, don't bother with the religious relics. The Harem is well worth a visit. Allow 2-3 hours for your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is the by far longest time i took to view the whole palace which include the HAREM. You can see many things here from jewellery to ancient war tools. But Topkapi palace is open everyday but except monday. The price is 35 lira which not include the harem which you have to add additional 15 lira. Museum pass to... More 

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Boca Raton, FL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Long lines, lots of repairs, art objects all put together in small, bed lighted rooms, not visitor friendly The Udio we had to pay extra requires you to know where you are...otherwise it is not good...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

They are missing such a big opportunity here. First the lines can be long so get here before 9:30am. If anyone has been to the Newport, RI mansions they will be disappointed with this palace. Here they have this amazing place but they don't lay out the artifacts like they would be back in the day. For instance every living... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I probably went there expecting too much. Before arriving, everybody I knew and had visited it said it is a must and that the visit should take half a day to see the whole place. I agree it's a must for the history of the place. It doesn't provide guided tours, audio guides only, so if you want a guide... More 

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