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Topkapi Palace

Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul topkapisarayimuzesi@kulturturizm.gov.tr, Turkey
(0212) 522 44 22
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Ranked #17 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description:  Ottoman Relics Tour by Tourqo.com (SAC2) Half Day Afternoon Tour (Walking Tour) Topkapı Palace was the main residence of the sultan and his court.It... more »
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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I've visited the palace twice. Once wandering on my own and recently with a guide. Very different experiences. Such beautiful tile! It's overwhelming. Worth the extra ticket to set the harem, it's also much less crowded as most visitors don't pop fire the extra ticket. IMO it's not worth fighting the crowds in the dark claustrophobic treasure rooms, but do... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you stay in Istanbul, you have to visit this marvelous Palace. The Harem isn't what you'll expect and you'll have a chance to see some marvelous things (no guarantee of authenticity for Moses' walking stick).

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait of the long lines! This palace is beautiful and bigger than life. The Harem and Treasury were also marvelous.

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Cumbria
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35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Large complex, confusing layout even with the map. Some areas don't allow photography. Some reviewers say arrive early, so we did. The queues were huge at 9am, and the museum pass only saves you queueing to buy a ticket, it doesn't get you any priority entrance. The harem was quiet when we got through the main gate, no queue at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

nice historic place , a bit too big to finish, some historic rooms are very crowded and hard to pass through, gardens are nice.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This place and it's grounds are so large it cannot be done quickly. It does not have the opulence of Versailles, but the size of the many structures impresses. There is very good cafe with wonderful views over Asian Istanbul. The artifacts are unbelievable - the staff of Moses is just one. Do not miss the Harem, it is just... More

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San Diego, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Take an entire morning or afternoon to explore this incredible place. There are many treasures and excellent views of the Bosphorus and city. Don't miss the royal jewels, haram or weaponry exhibits.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

To visit the Topkapi Palace is to get an idea how life was lived during the reign of the Sultans. We recommend getting an audio guide to help you get a clearer picture of the history since there is much to see. Plan on spending several hours there.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Get early early to beat the worst of the queues. The Harem and the Treasury can get especially busy but both are well worth a visit. If you are to see everything you will need a full day and you should pave yourself. The cafe and restaurant have lovely views over the Golden Horn and are not too badly priced.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

having an english-speaking guide if you don't speak Turkish is a distinct must; fascinating areas - treasure rooms, harem, council chambers. Also nice restaurant overlooking the Bosporus, but no alcohol.

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