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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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Great definition of Istanbul's culture.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Tehran Province, Iran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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 3 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 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A person could spend the better part of a day here. The place gives a real feel for how the Caliphates lived. For those interested in architecture, it is a gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum has got to be one of my favorites in the world. It preserves Islamic history really well. Was really impressed with some of the objects they managed to preserve from the time of the prophet (s.a.w). Architecture is impeccable. However there is a lot of walking and can take you half the day. But definitely something worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum houses some of the most priceless Islamic relics and is definitely a must see. Didn't do the Harem, and went when it was pretty cold in Feb, but that was better, as there were less tourists, so you could actually see some articles in detail, whereas in peak season you would be pressured to move on quickly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The lineup in February wasn't bad. The palace seemed pricey compared to other places I went. The treasury is currently closed. The Harem apartments were open but under renovation. It was okay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to visit so much history that makes u back to centuries before with details of life that time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Loved it very much. Would go again and would tecommend it. Liked their cleanliness. Their strictness and their organised manners to show you around the palace

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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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