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Topkapi Palace

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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Fantastic Ottoman palace

History of the Ottoman empire at its best. The palace where the sultan lived. The Harem quarters, the park surrounding it, the strategic location of the site. Also the majestic... read more

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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

History of the Ottoman empire at its best. The palace where the sultan lived. The Harem quarters, the park surrounding it, the strategic location of the site. Also the majestic view of the Bosphore it commands. Everything is so impressing. Must visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This palace was diffrent than the other palace in turkey.. its full of history But the thing that i dont like about it the miss organization We get lost whole the time Because of the lack of guidance and instructions

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must visit for every Istanbul visitor. A unique, beautiful and soul-soothing place, full of history. Many attractions to see, you might want to plan at least half a day if you'd like to see them all. The Harem area, the Hagia Irene church and the Historical museum are not included at the ticket price, so either you pay extra... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Many security checkpoints to be in. Long walk to reach to the map and listen for an explanation about Ottoman emperor. Went inside with guide Jahan and had nice photos. Later went to other part with sacred materials, and photos prohibited. Many prophets belongings, famous olden swords, Holy Kaaba key and many others. You should visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, this one paled only by comparison. Good if you have extra time, on a rainy day and great interest in artefacts. There is a nice view of the sea and city on one of the sides of the palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is very good for visit. All people enjoy that. A big place that you must spend more and more time for visit....

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was expecting more from the Topkapi Palace – like explanations of how the rooms and spaces had been used, fixtures and fixings in place to tell the history of the site. They had a lot of items of historic significance on display, but you get that in a museum, the site is as important as the artefacts and that... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Topkpi Palace is breath taking. The architectural design, the gardens portraits the life of the Sultans. You could easily spend a whole day. We hired a guide that was a history Mayor and she really transported us back in time. You can also just buy your entrance and do a solo tour, in this case highly recommend that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you will visit Istanbul for the first time you should not leave without visit this site ... at the time you inter you will travel to Istanbul Sultans time .. were every thing is amazing ... you will see islamic historical thing also .. and listen to qoran . In order to interest use translater head phones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful Palace and Museum and the cafe with 360 view is unbelievably beautiful. It is a must visit spot that you should definitely go. I loved it.

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