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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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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Absolutely spectacular! There is so much to see at this vast complex, so allow 2 - 3 hours for your visit. The tile work is stunning and every room is unique. There are many highlights, but I would put the harem rooms at the top of my list. The treasury has several incredible pieces and the many terraces and rooms... More

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Worcester UK
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Topkapi Palace - even with its savage history - is possibly the top site in Istanbul. Once you have passed through the park and gateway there are different areas to visit, especially the Harem and the Treasuries, also worth a visit are The Kitchens, but you can choose any routing you like. Like all top sites it is quickly... More

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Alresford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a great day out, well almost 3/4 of a day wandering around this amazing palace. So many beautiful rooms with stunning tiles, particularly in the Harem section. Then there is a great collection of jewellery, swords, costumes and other treasures. Wow was the word of the day. This is not to be missed. Make sure you allow plenty of... More

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Dunfermline
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I know this seems like sacrilege but I found many of the details of the historical life in it a bit distasteful. Also, the décor is exotic and impressive on first view but, if you can`t read Arabic writing, it soon loses its effect. The size is amazing but I would not go back to it.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Topkapi Palace is so grand and so beautiful. Definitely a must see. It also houses some of the most incredible Ottoman treasures, jewelry and swords so big you wonder how someone could pick them up let alone use them. My favorite part was seeing items from the prophets and companions of the prophets. So surreal to see a hair... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

When we were there, it was very crowded with many large tour groups - which is fine but very annoying when the group decides to stop right in front of an entrance into one of the many rooms which happened more than once. The crown jewels were a must see - I don't think I've seen such a large and... More

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Fort Portal, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

That is where this belongs, right to the top of places to visit in Istanbul. Keep plenty of time, wear comfortable shoes and enjoy along with many others, stunning views across the Golden Horn. The weapons exhibit is amazing, lethal but beautiful! Pay the extra 10 Liras and jump the queue...time saved is well spent inside but get there as... More

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Kennebunk, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed visting this museum. The grounds are spacious,well tended and architecturally outstanding. The museum aspect is very nicely done too,with nice displays of many artifacts.

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N Yorks, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was packed with people & felt claustrophobic. A lot of the rooms - especially in the harem - are endlessly the same. If you're already a tired, it can feel overwhelming. The Treasury is amazing but the impact is significantly decreased by the crush of people. Some fantastic views across the river.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It is an old palace of Ottoman empire. Many treasures of history are kept there. Nothing special for me but it may be interesting for historical addicted tourist.

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