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Topkapi Palace

Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“holy relics” (133 reviews)
“harem area” (117 reviews)
“ottoman empire” (639 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A very educational tour of the Palace. From the kitchen to the sleeping chamber to the armory to the privy chamber. You need to queue to enter the privy chamber but well worth it. No photos allowed inside the various rooms. Many remarkable artifacts to...More

Thank Imran N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Must go before 9am to avoid rush and buy tickets under 12 free but not in Haram Give it 3hours to enjoy the place Make sure to be there before 4pm

Thank hindoya69
Reviewed 2 days ago

Even those who don't like museums will like this complex. There is plenty to see even if you skip the exhibits. The buildings and the grandiose interiors of the Sultans is on display here. Cons: 1. Many of the sections were closed for restoration when...More

Thank poonamc2010
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were not planning to come here, but our great tour guide, Osman Gunay, convinced us to go and it was worth it!

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 days ago

When you are used in the great european palaces and castles, you can't find any interesting in such small buildings. And the worse thing of all, is that you can't found any turkish item in it's museum. Only treasures stolen or given as present from...More

Thank Nikolas B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to walk around. There are quite a few areas to see and beautiful views of Istanbul and the Bosporus. Right now it seems like much of the museum is under renovation. The kitchen area have been renovated and were interesting and nicely done....More

Thank kjpeterson77
Reviewed 3 days ago

this place is a masterpiece, my wife and i took a guide and explained all the history and Sultan's protocols. totally worth it. have something in the cafe at the end, the view there is charming and feels very royal

Thank Murad A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing collection of authentic holly relics. I visited twice in my 12 days trip Dr A Ahmed Consultant Neonatologist

Thank Dr Ahmed A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are a big fan of Ottoman time and history, if you know all sultans and heard about Turkish TV serials you have to visit this place for sure! I've been here many times and even I'm not a real fan of ottoman style...More

Thank kari_ua_kh
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Another majestic building in Istanbul - beautiful gardens and lots of interesting expositions. A nice restaurant with a view to the Bosporus as well. The palace inside can t bee seen - but some places are open for visitors - no pictures in most of...More

Thank Stilyana K
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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August 16, 2017|
Response from kari_ua_kh | Reviewed this property |
Dear traveler. Grand bazar is 2 stations away from Topkapi Palace. You can easily go there on foot. It takes around 15 min. I won't recommend you to eat near grand bazar because I couldn't find any good place to eat... More
sana K
June 29, 2017|
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Response from HTabbaraDrSam | Reviewed this property |
As stated before 40 liras for the palace and 25 liras for the harem. If you have limited time, skip Harem, palace is nicer, but again if no time, else do both. it is worth it.
sana K
June 29, 2017|
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Response from LINChicago | Reviewed this property |
It's 40 YTL, kids under 12 free if they are not Turkish Citizens if they are, under 16 free. The guards ask you a question in Turkish to find out if they are really Turkish or not:)) Turkish citizens can get a Muze Kart for... More