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“harem area”(142 reviews)
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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.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
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Cankurtaran Mahallesi | Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Large - spaceous and a gorgeous view from a nice restaurant at the end of the palace. Many sections with stories to tell..the first section was open to all and only "royalty" could proceed into the secont section on horse back. the palace has 2...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank virafh
Reviewed yesterday

The place is way spacious so you have to plan from 3-4 hours minimum to cover all the chambers and nooks. The tiles and patterns are mind blowing, I had to stop to take picture of each and every tile there is. The view from...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank MennaAshraf288
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You must plan to spend at least 3 hours here, its huge. There are so many nooks to look into and around. The grounds are large. After you walk through the first courtyard you enter a second one. That is where you begin to really...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank SpiritedFoodie
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Such a beautiful palace and is a must see if you are in Istanbul. Also there are many relics from different prophets and sahabas to go and see

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank rohimaa
Reviewed 2 days ago

It can get really crowded, so if you want to visit this beautiful place I would recommend going early and out of season. It is pretty amazing, The most beautiful tiles and vibrant colours everywhere. It is also spread out, so you do need a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ZelTravelZ
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an excellent place to visit. But get here early! By mid morning it is full of people: filming rooms as they walk through them (and not looking at anything.... when are they ever going to review the footage?!) and posing for the perfect...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Trafra
Reviewed 2 days ago

The palace and associated grounds and large enough to provide a sense of peace and tranquility. The buildings are beautifully preserved and the views over the Bosphorus are stunning. The Harem provides and interesting on how the women lived. A wonderful experience best seen in...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank T3814YMrichards
Reviewed 2 days ago

Best with a personal guide (we had Cicek who was great) - this has so much history of the Sultans, their life and their women. What a setting overlooking the Bosphorus and Golden Horn!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Nigel T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Istanbul is so rich in history, culture and everything else... it has to be experienced to realize how advanced they were as compared to our time...

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MAV627
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Topkapi sarayi museum, I Suggest to any one vist Istanbul to see it, and show the othmania history

Date of experience: November 2019
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overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
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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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vampiric
July 24, 2019|
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Response from Kim D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen-- I would try and contact the museum directly with your question about the Kasikci (Spoonmaker's Diamond)--the prize item in the jewel collection. At present there are significant renovations that might affect... More
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Response from Aleksandar P | Reviewed this property |
I do not really know because it was all aranged by my travel guide. I think it is 60 liras about 10 euros plus 35 lira about 6 euros for harem. Ag. Irena was unavaible to enter.
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April 22, 2019|
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