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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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Here you can spend several hours walking around and looking at impressive buildings and areas. Do also go to the Harem section! The amount of colourfull tiles there is just mindblowing. At several places you also has some nice views over the city, bosporus and surroundings. Really enjoyed it here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Turkish Government and others have done very well to preserve so many historic items and buildings. The buildings and grounds are well cared for and maintained. There are some outstanding guns, swords, armoury, etc housed in the Armoury and the Harem should not be missed even though it has an additional entry fee. Stunning mosaics and well preserved rooms... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

The palace is not well maintained although with some imagination you get a sense of the immense wealth and power of the Ottomans. I think it is overpriced, especially as the harem costs an additional 15 TL and the audioguide another 30 TL. The audioguide itself is very confusing and uninformative.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The crowd is huge - however you can buy a ticket from a machine if you have a credit card. Try to avoid the days with a cruise ship visiting Istanbul since these are the worst. I bought a ticket from a guy who had a shop close to the Palace. He told me that he sold the ticket from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful windows, gems, mosaics, art, baths, and holy relics dating back to 1459. Don't forget the kiosk and gardens.

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I my opinion should be the first stop in Istanbul, with a licensed guide [highly recommend Efendi Travel - small group] to get the history and overview of Istanbul and Turkey. Need a minimum of 4 hours [with guide to direct you]. Don't miss the Harem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a HUGE complex and deserves time to see! As all the guide books will tell you, it takes 2 tickets to see everything. Do not miss the harem ( which is the second ticket). Buy them at them same time at the main ticket booth at the entrance. Of the "top" sites to see, we truly enjoyed Topkapi... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were on The Celebrity Reflection and booked tours through them with TURA , a guided tour company. We did a one and a half day tour and saw all the major attractions : Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Haiga Sophia and more. The guide was excellent- informative, lively and helpful. We had a delicious three course lunch included which gave... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

i love the palace but its so not organized inside the palace there are bunch of buildings that didnt have a sign outside declaring what is each one for we were kinda lost but eventually found our way i wish they give it more attention and organize everything the harmlek does not worth the visit its not fully constructed with... More

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We liked our personal guide,Ebubekir,who waited in line for us,while we sat and gave us lots of history about every part of the palace. We spent about four hours there and would still go back to see more

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