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Topkapi Palace

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Sultanahmet
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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 522 4422
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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A place eveybody must see

This place is just awesome! We spent the afternoon there and saw its different palaces! I did love the jewelry part! So amazing! When in Istanbul be sure not to miss this place... read more

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Iran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is just awesome! We spent the afternoon there and saw its different palaces! I did love the jewelry part! So amazing! When in Istanbul be sure not to miss this place. But the thing is, it's crowded!

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Alex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love it. Full of culture, history and luxury. With a good guide you get to know the real fascinating stories behind each era. I suggest you read some history before you visit...The views are fantastic as well. On a good weather day, dont miss lunch at the palace restaurant. Fantastic food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

beautiful and majestic. put on your walking shoes and carry your pedometers. harem section is worth a visit. has a female mosque. the kitchens were amazing. grand pots. beautiful crockery. photos are not allowed in every room. if you like art and architecture this is the place to see it all

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are indeed many things to see, like jewels and personal items of the Sultans, sofas, amazing gardens and many more. Sometimes it gets very crowded and you have to wait for 30' to 40' to get admitted. It is worth seeing it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Let this review service as both a review of Topkapi and Istanbul overall. The fact that tourism is so down in Turkey is bad for the country, yet advantageous for the tourist. I was told that 2 years ago, the line-up for Topkapi would have been hours. I waltzed in at 9 A M, and had several rooms all to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great way to spend 2-3 hours, nice pleasant walk and interesting history of the palace, there are lots of places to sit and take a rest, worth the money. The café terrace has a wonderful view ensure you have a tea at least

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There was a combination of halls, palaces and museums. It's high recommended. the only bad point was that there was a big sight and there were no good maps or guide signs, I'm not sure even I saw the whole complex or not!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

February is a good time to come to the Topkapi Palace because there is not much people around, but during these months many rooms are being restored, especially the Treasury place and some Harem rooms. Gardens are without flowers and in bad shape. Price is maybe too much for what you see: 40 liras or about 11 dollars, and extremely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was pleasant and lots to see, drank from thousands of years old tap! Views are awesome but gardens were bit of disappointment. They looked neglected and the one water feature was poorly maintained. Palace itself is beautiful , prayed at the tombs and strolled around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Topkapi in time where many parts are closed for restoration. In general the palace was great.

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Sultanahmet
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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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