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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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Such a grand palace. So many different historical elements in one place....I was completely in awe of the Islamic relics belonging to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Such a grand palace. So many different historical elements in one place....I was completely in awe of the Islamic relics belonging to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions. The queue for these was pretty long considering there importance....but the quranic recitation made the wait a lot shorter only to find out that it was in fact being read out live... More 

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Alkharj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

My daughter & wife has craze of this palace, being saw it on tv serial; so, I booked my hotel in front of the palace, which serve as easy walk way to the palace as well as gulhane park & archeological museum. It is a reflection of traditional turkish architecture. Not only has beautiful exterior but high class interior as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, I recommend to purchase a Museum Pass: cheaper and faster. Dress comfortable and don't walk in sandals or high hills! Sneakers or hiking boots will be the best choice. The roads in Istanbul for build centuries ago! Hats and water will keep you cool for a while. Plan to spend 4 to 6 hours in the Palace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Topkapi Palace was my favorite site in our day-long tour of Old Town Istanbul. So many gorgeous buildings. The landscaping and architecture is beautiful. Takes 1-2 hours to properly tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Magical beautiful historical palace. All all are sooo beatiful and unique!! And the gardens omg! All is gorgeous. I visit in many occasions... No word's can describe the beauty and the energy of that places in Istanbul! Just perfect 👌

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was quite enchanted with this Topkapi Palace, such a visual delight! As a citizen of a much younger country (USA), I was just astounded by how ancient the place was! It is a definite "must see" in Istanbul if you visit, if you have any appreciation for history or times past.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very good preserved with lots of areas and museum to visit. Not as beautiful gardens as expected but with extraordinary view to both Asian and European sides of the sea.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to start discovering the turk-ottoman history. Well maintained and easy access. Lots of photography opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went there last year with my family,bought the tickets in the morning at the entrence but was lucky that the ques were not too long, you need atleast one day to go thru all the sections of the Palace.Loved the islamic section, would highly recommend a visit

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place totally takes you back to the Ottoman era. It's a classical palace that is packed with luxury. The garden is to die for and the view on the Bosphorus is breathtaking. However, this place it BIG. Get ready to WALK. I even got a chance to pray in the Sultan's mosque, my first ever prayer with a view... More 

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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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