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Topkapi Palace

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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
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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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Wonderful Iznik tiles

Such amazing Iznik tiles in the residences and historical relics in the kitchen area. Also has great views of Istanbul from the Sofa pavilion. I purchased the audio guide but in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such amazing Iznik tiles in the residences and historical relics in the kitchen area. Also has great views of Istanbul from the Sofa pavilion. I purchased the audio guide but in hindsight there were so many informative plaques everywhere it really wasn't necessary.

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Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a large palace which has been kept as a museum in turkey .its beautiful work of art with lovely surrounding . A must

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful palace of the ottoman rulers. Putting all aside the history, the Islamic museum it self is worth the ticket price and then some. Actual swords of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the staff of Musa (as) as well as the swords of the caliphs of Islam. Plus the hair and the clothing is unimaginable. Some deep history of Islam... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Topkapi palace also known as the islamic meusim is contain some of islamic heritages of prophet mohammad PBUH and his companions. This place should be visited

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No words could explain who is amazing this place is regardless of what religion you believe in there is so much to see. First visit to Istanbul and I must say I left a piece of my heart there. Well and truly mesmerised by the museum and country

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Thank Safyaan786
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came frm PAKISTAN.Really loved the place. It was made more interesting by our guide Mr. Rasim TERZİ He was of great help and explained all the places very well In the end he gave us a quick overview of the places we visited. He was a great person. The palace tells about the Muslim history and the ottoman history.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is huge,beautiful and full of history.There is a lot of guidance needed so I would advice to hire a guide.It would almost take 5 hrs to wander the whole palace if u have an intelligent guide.There are many guides available who give u detailed information about the whole history of Sultan and Harem.As our guide was good we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The beauty of this place makes you wish you were the sultan. The gold and precious gems will astound you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Awed by what is in there. Clocks, guns, swords, artifacts. Wow! For some of the items, we weren't even sure they were for real - too old. Great learning place for a Muslim and great for others to see how rich Islamic history is. It took us more than half a day to explore, still we were craving for more.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A standard castle not that impressive but the view form the cafe is beautiful and well worth the visit.

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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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