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Topkapi Palace

Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul topkapisarayimuzesi@kulturturizm.gov.tr, Turkey
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Ranked #17 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Museums
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Owner description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The Palace has a remarkable history - especially stories from the Harem. You must have a tour guide to really make the most of this tour - its very interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

You Must visit this place it's amazing and we like it too much hope you enjoy your trip very near to Sultan Ahmed Mosque And Hagia Sophia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Grounds are well tended. No furnishings that we saw mostly mosaics and tiles. Had some jewelry, pottery, dishes. We saw where the food was prepared. Swimming pool that was empty, library but no books had rounded sitting areas with beautiful views.one of the buildings used to be the treasury. Some areas we were closed off to visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

While you are not allowed to take photos - even without flash-- the exterior offers great views of the Bosphorus Straits. Guards don let you take photos inside the kitchen, treasury, or relics from the Prophet Mohammed that are kept in the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle. The Circumcision Room dedicated to the circumcision of young princes has beautiful mosaic... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Topkapi palace is huge. You really need a whole day to explore - we only scratched the surface in a morning. The Harem, which is a separate entry charge, is a must see and then there are numerous buildings in the 4 courtyards to explore a multitude of collections. Magnificent architecture but also very very busy, so you do have... More 

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Margencel, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Very interesting visit in that Palace where so many centuries of history took place. The multiple type of architecture and the artistic details of the decorations are unbelievable. The treasure rooms are gorgeous with so many peaces of jewelry with enormous diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I believe that spending a few days in Istanbul without making time to visit the palace is like going to paris and not climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. we only had one day reserved for this and we managed to cover everything, of course if you want to spend more time and have a more complex visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

you should see this complex and museums . great jewelries in this museums and gifts of other nations to ottoman empires.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

it is the palace of otmons. nice to see but it will take too long to explore all. maybe it is best historic location in istanbul to visit but i recomend you not to buy Haram ticket, bcos it does not have any special thing and you will get so tired that you prefer not visiting it. you may spend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The palaces territory itself is a nice place to walk around feel the atmosphere of Ottoman period. Excellent vıews and scenery .Various sections that represent Ottoman kitchen clothing religion. definitely visit Harem section.

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