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“Amazing Place”
Review of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
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$50.10*
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Ranked #7 of 1,134 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 March 10, 2014

Definitely rent the guide headsets. It is well worth the money. Also, don't forget to visit the Harem if you bought the extra ticket. We thought we had and discovered afterward that we had missed it. They wouldn't let us back in without buying a new ticket to the Palace (shame on them), although they did refund our money for the Harem portion. Try to go on a sunny day. We went in the cold rain and it was relatively miserable. However, the Karokol restaurant and the Four Seasons Bar were welcome respites during the day.

Thank Andrea S
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

the palace was very amazing. it was huge and very majestic. the view was very excellent. you can go and see the palace so much time and it won't bore you because every time you feel different things about the empire.

Thank Davidf20142014
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Massive! but very elegant. Lovely gems and treasures in the rooms.
Shows off Ottoman lifestyle.
Was very busy but worth it and you can find your own space in the gardens.
Central to other attractions.
Closed on Mondays.
Do the Harem and Palace for 50TL each.

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We did the tour without a tour guide and we did not bother hiring an audio guide either. There are signs everywhere explaining what you see and it was enough. The visit to the Harem cost another 15tl and was worthed I guess.

Thank GlobeTrotter933
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Another Must See sight in Istanbul - probably in everyones Top 10 things to see and do - save some money by not buying the HAREM extension - the visit to the harem in Dolmabahce Palace is far better ! !

Thank GlenLoan
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