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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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This place is a must see. Dont skip topkapi worth every penny of the entry fee. Amazing place can easily spend a whole day at topkapi palace. Its so grand a beautiful. By far... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is a must see. Dont skip topkapi worth every penny of the entry fee. Amazing place can easily spend a whole day at topkapi palace. Its so grand a beautiful. By far the best place in istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love antiquities and being at this place definitely quenched my thirst for it. I'm lying if I said I didn't envy the life of the Sultan by just looking at the jewels displayed in the treasury..see it y'all..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very historical... nice to visit especially if you area tourist. Visited last year september 2016. We came here with a tour guide explaining everything. You will see inside a lot about Otoman history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a peaceful place to walk. The first three courtyards are nothing compared with the last one. Everything becomes more ottoman and you really feel the private life of the Sultan. The view from there to the bosforo is beautiful. So if you time is limited run to the end of the palace first.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Topkapi Palace is a big and beautiful place for visiting. This Palace is amazing and is located in the Sultanahmet, a famous area of the Istanbul, near the Blue Mosque and the Hayasofia, two beautiful and famous places.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During this year of Turkish troubles, there were no lines/queues anywhere, not even at the Harem. We were disappointed to find that a number of the buildings were closed! The website confirms that the Museum Ticket is 40 TL but does not cover the Harem, which is another 25 TL. 65 TL seemed extortionate when the Treasury (probably the best... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought the entrance tickets were two expensive considering the size and content of the palace. I would say that if you've been to some of the other European or even Chinese palaces, you wouldn't be impressed by this one. However, I would say this palace along with the museum does offer the most detailed information about the Ottoman Empire.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a place full of Arabic and Islamic culture. You walk through what once in a while was the palace of a sultan; you will see how they lived, what they used, what they believed in. And in this place you will be able to compare how the Royal families lived in this part in the world vs other ones.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Topkapi palace took us over 6 hours and we covered most of it...though I got tired of the walking after a while. It requires sometime to cover the entire rooms of the place. You can buy and audio guide to listen to the descriptions of each room. There are some points where you get great views of the Bosphorous!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Topkapi Palace was one of the highlights of our visit to Istanbul, it was fascinating to see and read about how the Sultans lived.

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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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