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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 #14 of 633 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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jackson, wy
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

It is important to have a good guide when visiting this treasure. We were on a private tour with a guide who had a great knowledge of the palace and it's former inhabitants. The rooms and artifacts give a sense of the early sultans way of life. The grounds and buildings exceeded our expectations. Get there early before. The crowds.... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went to Turkey as tourists and we really enjoy the stay. One of the places we liked the most was Topkapi Palace. It is huge, full of history and strategically located, which means you can view pretty much all Istanbul from there. The section with treasures has a lot of information about each rare piece of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I did not think much of the palace itself. It seemed rather small when you consider Buckingham Palace has about 400 rooms. The place seemed run down and shabby and has lost whatever grandeur it has. However, the treasures to be seen such as the thrones on show such as the Peacock Throne which was originally from India is a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You can buy a Museum Pass (or single ticket) at the machines to the left of the tickets kiosks (there was a long queue at the kiosks but not the machine - I don't understand why people weren't using the machines!). The Pass gets you in various museums without queuing, eg: the Harem within Topkapi Palace, so is worth it.... More

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Souk Ahras, Algeria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Great place full of history , religion and charm, being there is like to be in the kingdom of beauty in every way.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It is really a grand palace with multiple sections that reveals the ancient Sultan's life worth a visit! Recommend you to spend a half day at this place:-) Note that there will be many people after 10 a.m. so if you want to enjoy the palace yourself, get to the palace when it opens~~

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Houston, Texas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Grounds and building are outstanding. Didn't hurt that we were there in April and the tulips were beautiful. You can feel the presence of royalty in all the building. don't miss the treasury, holy relics (I'm not buying Moses staff), and the many houses/apartments toward the back and the water. Really enjoyed it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Truly magnificent palace. Make sure you give yourself at least 2 to 3 hours to see the place. Get a guide or an audio tour guide. Tour books will not do it justice.

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Paarl, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic journey.....The cafe overlooking the water is so beautiful. We were fortunate enough to be there early when it was not so overcrowded with other tourists. What a Beautiful Palace. This is a must see when visiting Turkey.

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I´ve visited Estambul several times, but never was able to visit Topkapi palace. My advice is to have a plenty of time, this palace is huge and there are thousands of visitors, especially visiting the room with treasures of ottoman empire it was hard to see all of them, cause the line to approach each piece was huge, and then... More

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