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“brill place to explore”
Review of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
Ranked #5 of 1,159 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

so much to see at this site ... but again well worth it it was our first site to explore and the restaurant on site provides a great view of the maramara sea. the information head[hones were invaluable, sites include the Bread roll Diamond and the Topkapi dagger the jewels were to die for

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Topkapi Palace is one of the top sights in Istanbul. Many wonderful exhibits with extraordinary pieces. The only "complaint" is that the preservation of the relics requires that photographing is not allowed. So most of the camera enthusiasts are taking photos of the buildings, and very old tree, and a great view of the Bosphorus and Asia across the strait.

Still worth a visit for the insight to history.

Warning (July '13) - lot's of construction

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This sprawling complex is beautiful and interesting - so much so in fact that you will, of course, not be alone when visiting. Come early or late to avoid the crowds, but do come. Even if there is a frightening queue, make sure you check out the Harem.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The first POI for today was Sultan Mehmed II's Topkapı Sarayı (Top-kahp-uh Sah-rai-uh). Wow, that palace is so gigantic. The guidebook said to allocate about three hours for a full tour, but we ended up taking closer to four. It was amazing. The first impression was feeling lost because it was so big. It had several park sized courts that were surrounded by boatloads of buildings of varying sizes. One very nice surprise was an excellent view in the North / North-East direction. John C. Frémont was the explorer who discovered the Golden Gate Bridge waterway in 1846, and he named it after the harbor near the Golden Horn in Istanbul. The bridge in the distance is very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in architecture.

Then we toured the royal treasury. That is one of the most spectacular museum-like displays I have ever walked through. Because they don't allow photographs in the display, I took notes as I walked around... I ended up using abbreviations for ruby, emerald, and diamond because there were so many. The fifth largest diamond in the world was on display -- weighing in at a whopping 86 carats, and surrounded by 49 smaller diamonds in the same fixture! It has been called the Spoonmaker's diamond because it was discovered and then sold by a peddler for three spoons. There was also a small treasure chest full of emerald and jade, a pendant with an emerald as big around as a coke can and an inch or two tall, two solid gold candlesticks that were each about the size of five-foot tall pedestals embedded with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, a full suit of chain mail studded from head to toe with precious gems, and a dagger with three emeralds each over an inch thick -- just to mention a few!

Palace: 25 TL; Harem: 15 TL

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Is a very big palace, and should not miss it since you are in Istanbul. Make sure you bring sunscreen, hat and water.

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