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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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Aveiro, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The palace in itself is very beautiful, with very interesting areas such as the harem that, by the way, has a different ticket to that of the general entrance. Our experience however was not very pleasant. At the entrance there is an sign saying "no buggies". As we were travelling with our little one we asked what this was all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

this was the best part of my trip, especially if you are interested in islamic history, the relic section was amazing..you can see the staff of moses and various artefacts that belonged to the prophets etc

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is a very large complex with a lot to see. The exhibitions have been done very well but unfortunately at this time of year there are long queues. The kitchens were my favourite as the brickwork and architecture is exceptional especially when you consider they were only the kitchens. At one point there were 1300 people working in the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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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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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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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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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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