The palace is beautiful and the views from the palace are amazing as well. We went first thing in the morning as soon as they open and I definitely recommend going as early as possible. It was pleasant the first hour and a half that we were there, but then it just got steadily more crowded and made the experience less pleasant. The lines to get into the different display rooms became longer and longer. My favorite displays were the arsenal and the treasury. The jewels in the treasury were absolutely exquisite!
My friend and I did the self guided audio tour and it was definitely worthwhile to do the tour. We spent almost 5 hours at the palace including the Harem. We did take a little coffee break at the cafe, which was overpriced but we were grateful to be able to buy some refreshments without having to leave the palace.
It is a definite must see in Istanbul!
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