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Topkapi Palace

Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 522 44 22
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #15 of 632 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is my fourth visit. I love almost love every single thing about this place. The building, architecture, details, collection, park. Make sure you have enough time to visit because this place is massive and so many things to see.Very very crowded but went with a guide this time who was able to show me the most important aspects of... More

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Cody, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stroll the grounds of the palace, view the various rooms, and just enjoy the view and scent of all the flowers.

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Dublin, Ireland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This palace complex is large and leave yourself time to go through it as there can be lengthy queues to get into it initially and then into the various areas. You probably need close to half a day, but your time will be rewarded. It is a stunning place and shows the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the Sultan. Don't miss... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The compound itself is quite nice in general. However, the organisation is far from perfect. My advice would be to go early in the morning and if planning to stay around 3 days in the city then the best option for tickets is to buy the museum card of 72 hours for only 85 TL. Otherwise you will end up... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This attraction was included on the ISTANBUL MUSEUM PASS which can be purchased for 85TL. It allows you to jump the ridiculously long queues as well as free admission into the Harem area. The palace itself is amazing, I purchased the audio guide (don't forget your passport or ID card!!) it was well worth it. I took the tour at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Just lovely - again, a must see for your visit and on the tram line so easy to get to. There are some seats in the gardens if you want to, people watch.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I wouldn't expect something better from this example of Turkish culture. A little to see and admire. Turning back in time I would afraid to say I am not impressed, as the Sultan would cut my head in front of the entrance.

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Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

be ready for a really long walk inside but it's really worth it , it's huge and have tons of things to see, beautiful architecture art , atmosphere takes you to the Ottoman Empire era. the audio guide would help a lot , don't miss the Harem and the chamber of secrets ,

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is must-see, while in Istanbul, very interesting, but make sure to see the Harem as well, which is inside the palace garden, as it will be closed earlier, at 6pm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

A large place consisting 5 sections (4 courtyards and Harem). Better to check their website for opening times, different price for Harem and Hagia Irene and there are some rooms might be closed. http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en/visit-information Give your self about minimum 2 hours for the whole thing except Harem and Hagia Irene. If you want to go both Museum and Harem give... More

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