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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
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Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed today via mobile

This was our must see thing to do when we visited Istanbul. We wanted to see where suleman the magnificent spent his days and was one of the main reasons for going to Istanbul. When we arrived and paid €60 each to get in, we...More

Thank Carole R
Reviewed today

Go early in the morning to avoid the queue when buying your entrance ticket.You will also be able to walk at your own peace through the garden and take pictures more quietly. The museum shops have nice and affordable souvenirs and art crafts. There are...More

Thank Christeen64
Reviewed today

it would be a perfect example of a place worth visiting: views, gardens, buildings. History through art, weapons, architecture, handcraft, sophistication, religion and mystic. Lines are long and so are the waiting times. But still, a wonderful experience.

Thank enrique l
Reviewed yesterday

I wasn't considering visiting this palace, however the taxi driver explained to me it has some clothes and Item for Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), went there and totally was delighted by the items.

Thank a87muhanna
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were fascinated by the architecture and contents of this castle. It shows history of Muslims displaying artefacts relating to the prophet s.a.w and his companions.

Thank slimmw2017
Reviewed yesterday

This Palace has historical pieces from all major religions packed in one location . I dont think there is a place like this any where in the world.

Thank Par02
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Many people have told me they were disappointed with the palace because it was much more modest than they expected. With this information when I went to visit it, I was all the more surprised with the understated beauty and elegance of the palace. The...More

Thank 93emmanuels
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The palace is quite large and contains beautiful architecture. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours here if not longer. I do not advise buying the audio guide for this site-it was expensive and I felt that it did not provide any extra information that...More

Thank NabeelaAmien
Reviewed yesterday

We came to holiday with my friends. We wanted to visit the historical places of Istanbul. And we went to the Topkapi Palace. The place was truly spectacular. Every place smelled of history. We've traveled a long time. There were so many people coming to...More

Thank OnAir33081451773
Reviewed yesterday

Located near the Sultanahmet square, Topkapi Palace is one of the main palaces of Istanbul which has been converted to a museum. It is a beautiful piece of architecture.

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266andrejp
November 7, 2018|
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Response from dalilali | Reviewed this property |
You can skip the line. Not the kids. But if you go straight to the last ticket window on your right they just give you the free ticket for the kids. No need to stay in the line. Harem is indeed a separate ticket, not... More
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diane B
November 3, 2018|
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Response from vaninadantoni | Reviewed this property |
Hi Diane. To enter the Harem in topkapi palace you need to pay extra. I didn’t visit the Harem as our Turkish tour guide explained that it’s not the most beautiful as it is unfurnished. He recomended the Harem from... More
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Go761862
September 30, 2018|
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Response from CRPD908 | Reviewed this property |
We did Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Ephesus. Our trip was planned by a tour company, so this may be a good route. Because I didn’t drive it though, I’m not sure.
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