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Topkapi Palace - Guided Museum visit provided by Istanbul Walks

Topkapi Palace - Guided Museum visit

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Overview
The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazıt Square. It was given the name Topkapı, meaning Cannon Gate, in the 19th century. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building. After the 17th century, Topkapı gradually lost its importance.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sultan 3. Ahmed Çeşmesi
    Sultan Ahmet Sultanahmet Meydanı Topkapı Sarayı, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Guide will be holding a turquoise color flag or umbrella written out "Istanbul Walks", at Garden entrance, in front of ancient Fountain (3.Ahmed Çesmesi)
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    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.
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  • You'll end at
    Sultan 3. Ahmed Çeşmesi
    Sultan Ahmet Sultanahmet Meydanı Topkapı Sarayı, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Guide will be holding a turquoise color flag or umbrella written out "Istanbul Walks", at Garden entrance, in front of ancient Fountain (3.Ahmed Çesmesi)
    See address & details
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Departure Point
Sultan 3. Ahmed Çeşmesi, Sultan Ahmet Sultanahmet Meydanı Topkapı Sarayı, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • in English speaking licenced & professional tourist guidance
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Giulia F wrote a review Aug 2019
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Great guide, he was exaustive and very nice with us. The explanation war very interesting and fine for the time at disposal. vry funny and with competence guide. A suggestion: better to tell during the booking confirmation the exact meeting point on google maps.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Dear guest, Thank you for your good comments, we would like to see you again in Istanbul fore discover more this magnificent city. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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