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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for...
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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amazing place

This place is amazing. when I was there first time I didn't know the history well,but now I read history about this place,saw film about sultan suleiman and after that place is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing. when I was there first time I didn't know the history well,but now I read history about this place,saw film about sultan suleiman and after that place is looking more and more amazing with it secrets. every room has its own history,the jewelry of sultans are amazing,you are looking and can't realise that someone in past... More 

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218 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The massive Topkapi Palace is now a museum but for some 400+ years was the residence of Ottoman Sultans, their treasures, jewels, and courtiers. There are many passageways that offer glimpses of extravagant chambers. Make sure to check out the impressive armory, which is filled with extravagantly ornamented/designed swords, cutlasses, pikes, spears, guns, shields and armour! It's almost unreal how... More 

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Fort frances
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It was fascinating to see the opulent surroundings built for sultans and royalty in the Ottoman era. Pay the small fee for the audio guide device - it's well worth it. The place is massive so you may not manage to see it all in one visit. You can pay one fee for a pass good for either three or... More 

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Excepting the Religious Relics, there was not that much else there. Nice Palace - The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are much better (IMHO). Nice grounds though and a great view over the Bosphorus from the Cafe. I'm told the Yoghurt type drink was lovely (I had a winter drink which was too sweet for me... :( )

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Kuwait
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This palace is amazingly huge and beautiful inside and out. The rooms are huge and very colorful. The designs of some of the fixtures appear to look like gold plated. This palace is beautiful and a must see in Istanbul, Turkey.

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cheltenham
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Quite similar to the Moorish palaces in Seville and Grenada, but these Spanish ones are better curated and maintained. There has been no attempt to recreate the formal gardens, just open grass spaces. The exhibits are minimal, with the jewellery being the most interesting. Fine views from various vantage points. We easily did the 4 courtyards in an hour.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful site. The Sultans jewels are NOT to be missed!!! I've never seen so many rubies and emeralds of that size and literally by the bowl full!!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I had travelled to Istanbul with the Topkapi Palace on my list of places to view but had expected the Hagia Sofia to top the list. However for me the Topkapi was definitely the most interesting place we visited. We had planned to spend a couple of hours here but stayed for most of the day as there is so... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

its very beautiful its a mini versailles but sure not beautiful as versailles! beautiful from inside the thing that take your attention are the double gifts because its always double in this palace they made for each salon the same one facing it and each president or king when he send a gift he send two :)

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West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Leave yourself plenty of time (I only had an hour, and it was seriously too little time) to see this incredible sprawling complex teeming with beauty and history and views over the water.

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