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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

So many historic Islamic items to see! Amazing place, you must go to visit. Get there as early as possible to avoid the rush ( it opens around 9am, if I remember correctly;)

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Chandeliers and roof paintings of the main public hall are grand . The restoration work is top notch .

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We came very under-prepared, only knowing that its a beautiful place to visit- which is is! However on a january visit we experienced 1. long waiting times at the ticket office 2. massive and excitable crowds in the Islamic relics rooms (a cultural experience in itself!) 3. very little signage or explanations 4. COLD- we were frozen, the most beautiful... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Its an interesting visit. Like any other palace with its harems, etc. Some of the visit require quite a walk. The treasury is worth a visit, so is the islamic relics exhibits. The weapons are nice if you're into those kind of things, the hungarian war sword at almost 5 feet length is not to be missed. Rest of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Topkapi Palace is actually a cluster of three sites: The Archeology Museum, which was interesting by itself. The Harem, where you could see how the Sultans and their concubines lived, and the Palace. The Palace was impressive but had long lines to see the more interesting rooms, which was disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The various sections -- kitchen, Harem, Throne Room etc.etc., give an incomparable picture of (Royal) life in the Ottoman Empire. There is also a pleasant café with spectacular views.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Huge amount to see, main thing I went for were the Islamic relics and belongings of the holy prophet Muhammed (pbuh) which was truly amazing, however extremely busy and security shouting people to move on, can't see everything clearly, no chance to take pictures, not allowed and if you try, they come down extremely hard on you. Lots of people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You can't miss it if you're in Istanbul.highly recommended.i really liked my time there during winter 2013.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The palace is large and you can spend as much time as you can spare. There are several sections -- the two most important being the one with jewelry and riches (incl a 86 carat diamond which can be seen at touching distance). The other important section are the holy relics of the Muslims. They say it is most sacred... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Another must see in Istanbul. Full of history. Arrive early to avoid long line ups later in the day. A truly beautiful and breath-taking place to visit full of rich history.

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